September 25, 2017
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Should more (or less) be cut from K-12 funding?

The fixes proposed by Gov. John Baldacci for the looming shortfall in the two-year state budget cycle that begins July 1 include flat funding K-12 support from the state. So instead of the state coming closer to paying for 55 percent on average, the state portion will be 50 percent, dropping from 53 percent this year. Should schools breathe a sigh of relief and be happy it wasn’t an actual reduction from current levels? Or does this just mean the difference will be picked up by local property taxpayers? Must schools be forced to keep their increases down? What if administration were consolidated?

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