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  •  Huge issue in NH (4+ / 0-)
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    coral, teacherken, 4jkb4ia, nhcollegedem

    The inequities are staggering.  My Dad was in Hollis, which has state of the art everything.  My aunts taught in Rochester and Claremont which were far more strapped for supplies.  My niece moved from Hillsborough to Amherst and was shocked at how much nicer the school is and how many electives she can choose from.

    I'm not sure where the Dems can go on this issue with the no sales tax no income tax pledge by Lynch.  I thought Shaheen might have fixed it when she was in but the Rep opposition was too strong.  Truly, how can there be parity without a way to redistribute funds?

    "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, and the dream shall never die." Ted Kennedy

    by sobermom on Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 05:15:12 AM PST

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    •  Agreed (5+ / 0-)

      The republicans who neglected to solve the funding issues in NH, trying to keep themselves in office, directly caused the problems in my town.  

      The problem stems from relying almost entirely on local property taxes.  Land rich communities have great schools, and land poor ones have crumbling ones.

      There are viable options that are being discussed, like the Peterson Plan.  We're talking about htis issue over at Blue Hampshire.

      Like a Blue New Hampshire? Blue Hampshire. A progressive online community for the Granite State.

      by nhcollegedem on Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 05:26:28 AM PST

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    •  of course (0+ / 0-)
      the solution to this is not more taxes per se. The solution is raising education financing to at least state level.

      That would decrease the amount of luxury in the rich places, and improve the poor ones. Oh, and the middle class, who can no longer run away from bad schools, will be more perceptive to its financial responsibility.

      If people are serious about getting education in order, there will have to be quite a few holy cows to be slaughtered. And that means also a good hard look at cost issues, some of which are dear to the heart of democratic voters. This includes things like the concept of "oversight by trial lawyer", special education (for which, apparently, cost is not an issue), as well as the lavishly run schools in rich districts who cater to every educational trend that is coming along.

      My personal opinion is that it will basically stay unchanged. There is not enough political will to do hard but necessary steps.

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