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Don't take tax money from underfunded schools

8:05 PM, May 1, 2013  |  Comments
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I take exception to many comments made in a recent letter by Suzanne Lindberg, who disagrees with "free thinking teachings" in public schools because it is decided by the "government." School curricula are decided by boards of education in each school district. PTAs, board members, parents and teachers, I believe, all have a voice in such matters.

Parents can and should be able to send their children to schools of their choice, but taking tax money from already underfunded school districts should not be an option. Schools benefit the entire community. Should the elderly or childless people get tax refunds since they don't have children in public schools? If I don't drive a car should I have to pay for snow plowing and road repairs?

Private schools have long been expensive and often for the more well-off. Most private schools in this community make provisions for children to attend regardless of income, so the cost argument doesn't hold much water. If, in the end, cost is the limiting factor, then I am heartily sorry, but that is one of the main reasons for public education.

Finally, I should like to see proof" that learning through private education is "superior" to that of the public schools. Education begins at home.

Philip G. Sarge

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