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Many levies pass, but politicians need to stay out of schools’ pockets in the future

November 7, 2013

Not even the assurance that residents’ property taxes wouldn’t go up if the Marshall School District’s proposed referendum passed Tuesday was enough to win over the majority of voter....

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commonman

Nov-11-13 7:15 PM

The decade of underfunding and shifts would be Tim Pawlenty's doing. I am neither happy with Pawlenty's tactics nor some of the issues with tenure and the teacher's union. I don't believe either had (or has) the student's best interest in mind. Charter schools are not the answer either, I have seen those boards turn into personal vendettas also. How about we all realize there may be some compromise required to do what's best for everyone?

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rangeral

Nov-07-13 7:04 PM

Khan Academy - a great learning success where it has been introduced.

School employees are too worried about their perks to com up with eficient education improvements that lead to better results for our students. ditto for school admins, state and federal featherbedders.

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rangeral

Nov-07-13 7:02 PM

We can easily cut 20% out of our current spending on education and still do a better job than we are doing now. First - get the state and federal governments out of the education business and end the mindless reams of rules and regulations that stunt our schools. This is a good place to be for politicians and career employees that have nothing to do with the education process - unnecessary overhead! Cut out tenure and pay the good teachers. Ask the teachers unions where all the good ideas went that they said would be forthcoming if they could just have a union. Where are these improvements? End union dues - all of that money goes from the teachers' pockets to a top heavy union and is used for lobbying and election spending. Not one local teacher can point to anything that has been done locally with their dues to support local education. Modernize the learning process with appropriate technology and use the manpower savings to add classes. Has anyone in this area even looked at

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