Fighting for school funding
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Since: Jan 08
#1 Mar 29, 2008
What would relief, reform, and innovation look like? Would it be ways to get the costs down per student and the peformance up? Would it be looking for ways to put competition in the system thru vouchers so that families aren't stuck in failing school systems? Competition is one of the factors that makes America innovative and great. Would it be finding ways to teach as well with larger class sizes? Maybe using the latest technology and insisting on better discipline would help. Would it be looking for ways to lengthen the school day and year so there is more learning time without more costs? Would it be innovative ways to rid the system of ineffective teachers and thus differentiate between excellent teachers and the others? If so sign me up. If it is just a publicity stunt to pressure for more money for the status quo, I think you are going to be disappointed with the results. Innovation is needed, but is that what you want?
#2 Mar 29, 2008
I agree with Dana.
My understanding is the new Chapter 70 (school aid) formula is construed to virtually eliminate aid to communities such as Westford, Chelmsford, Groton-Dunstable and the funds are going to communities like Lowell. Now Lowell is closing schools due to costs, what is going on with this? Where are these tens of millions of dollars going?
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