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Comments for: One Maine teacher’s view: Congress should vote for kids, not cuts

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  • Anonymous

    In many ways you are correct, but you lose me the moment you put the debate in “us and them” terms.

  • Anonymous

    You make it sound as though Maine will lose $4.1 billion next year; that’s hardly compatible with the several-million dollar cuts you cite for Maine’s biggest school districts. A little mathematical magic, perhaps?

    You might also want to think about what the current level of federal borrowing will do to the adults your students will spend most of their lives as.

    • Anonymous

      And you wonder why kids graduating with a high school diploma cannot do basic math.

    • Anonymous

      Until this article is verified by the the professor from Gilligan’s Island.. I will remain skeptical. Readers should take notice that the Maine Maritime Academy’s annual taxpayers subsidy got “INCREASED” to more than $9,000,000. That’s $10,000 per student per year.. with 1/2 of the 900 student body being jocks from out of state. The MMA is purposely not in the UMS nor the Community College system.. it’s a stealth item buried in the budget benefiting connected insiders while draining scarce resource $’s from necessary state expendures. It’s time that the MMA be privatized. “What’s in your wallet?”

      • Henderson bobby

        Right on the community college dose not even cost $10,000 a year. Just another way the elite takes care of the elite. I never let school get in the way of my education. I believe Abraham Lincoln said “Schools to not teach people things they do not already know . It makes them behave in ways they do not already”. Indoctrination going on?

    • Anonymous

      Indeed. I would like to see the crowd–the one that says cars, trucks, and business need to stop taking tax breaks and pay their real costs–call for property taxes and local sales taxes pay for education’s real costs.

    • Michael Thurston

      There is, in fact a misprint. The 4 billion would be the overall cuts to education in 13-14 nationwide. The cuts to individual school districts is accurate.

      • Michael Thurston

        And would be an enormous cost shift to property tax payers in those districts.

        • Anonymous

          Nope. An 8.2% decrease in federal money, even in a heavy-user district like Waterville (where it makes up 8% of the school budget) only means there’s .082 x .08 = .00656 of their budget to be made up locally. That’s between a half and three-quarters of a percent. (You can check this for reasonableness in your head: if the budget was 10% paid for by the feds and the cut in that 10% was 10%, then the cut in the total budget would be 1%.)

          Also, federal money comes from federal taxpayers, including Mainers, who send 70% as much to Washington as they get back. So most of that ‘federal’ money is already being paid by Mainers.

  • Anonymous

    Federal money extorts children from a real education. Federal money means mandates.. Mike please stay out of politics

  • Anonymous

    Politician’s kids go to private schools. They have no skin in the game. Don’t hold your breath.

  • Anonymous

    Bet the teachers union will not lose.Especially now that the union providers are back .Got to pay for those votes.

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