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December 13, 2005

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WIlliam H.  Hughes

There are three factors that determine the quality of public education: money, the quality of the teaching staff, and parental involvement. These kids had all three.

Stop whining and pay your taxes.
A GREAT COMMENT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND PAYING TAXES: A COMMUNITY GETS THE KIND OF SCHOOLS IT WANTS. WHEN WE LOOK CLOSELY AT OUR TAX BILL IN WISCONSIN, WE SEE THAT THE OVERALL LEVEL OF SPENDING IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS ON THE LOCAL TAX BILL OR LEVY HAS DECLINED. IN THE COMMUNITY I LIVE THE ACUTAL PERCENTAGE HAS DECLINED FROM NEARLY 60% TO ABOUT 44%. WHILE MANY BELIEVE IT IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO INCREASED STATE AID, IT IS ALSO A FUNCITON OF A DROP IN SPENDING AND PUBLIC WILL. WE NEED MORE VOICES LIKE YOURS IN SUPPORT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN MADISON BUT ACTUALLY ACROSS WISCONSIN. BILL HUGHES (Superintendent of the Greendale School District in Suburban Milwaukee & a former Madison resident)

Paul

Thanks for the feedback Bill. It is funny how so many American Patriots forget what made this country great. It was public investment in infrastructure (railroads, highways, unversity and military research, etc.) accompanied by public investment in our schools ('human capital' if you will).
Pubic education is what separated us from the rest of the world for the past 200 years. Now as the rest of the world catches up, we have leaders who want to close the gap by running this nation backwards!

Ex-pat cheesehead

More than anything else, the old saying that "a budget is a statement of priorities" rings true in public education.

Until we see education as an investment in our nation's future, not a hand out to the poor, we will not be serving our children's (and our own) futures adequately.

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