Letter: Instead of raising property taxes, cut school costs, he says
TO THE EDITOR: I have just read the most outlandish view of the public funding of Ellsworth schools possible.
A reader states that we should shore up a broken education system by paying more property taxes. My tax bill states that 51 percent of it goes to our school system. I don't have any children, Harlen. Why should I have to pay to educate yours?
Instead of raising our property taxes, perhaps we should look at cutting administration costs in our schools, get rid of a few assistant principals, secretaries, do the teachers really need three months of paid vacation every year?
I agree that we are lagging behind other countries in educating America's children, but throwing more money at the problem is not the answer. Parents need to get more involved in their children's education.
Abe Lincoln got his education sitting by a fireplace and learning to read. It cost $0.