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Old 01-30-2003, 02:58 PM   #16
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Re: Re: The Future of U.S. Education



OK....now to this issue.

Massachusetts is, according to the Governor (Republican) and the leaders of the House and Senate (Democrats) in its worse fiscal crisis since the depression.

This year in many school districts, parents are paying $100-150 a year to have their child ride the bus to school.

There are fees now associated with sports and music programs are being chopped from the budget.

In Massachusetts in 1981-82 proposition 2 1/2 was passed into law. Towns are not able to increase their tax base more than 2 1/2 percent.

Now, the State is in a dire fiscal crisis, and local aid is being cut and withheld from the towns. SO we have a problem. The town cannot increase property taxes enough to cover the shortfall of the state aid being withheld. To remain solvent, towns have to cut services. The biggest and largest part of any towns budget is usually the school department.

Proposition 2 1/2 can be overridden by a vote of the townspeople. In our state, most overrides fail, therefore, the cuts come.

Some towns are in danger of closing schools, losing 28 or more teachers, class sizes up close to 30 in a class at the elementary levels.

It is truly a ugly scene.
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Massachusetts Assessment:

http://www.doe.mass.edu/Assess/
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Old 01-30-2003, 04:03 PM   #18
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http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2003/bud13.html

This is an interesting site as well.

OMB's take on things.
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