Ballot measure not fair The following is a type of parody of a solicitor’s visit based on the recent article, “School board approves tax measures for ballot” by Alex Dewind. Knock, knock. …
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Ballot measure not fair
The following is a type of parody of a solicitor’s visit based on the recent article, “School board approves tax measures for ballot” by Alex Dewind.
Resident: Who’s there?
This is your local Douglas County school board and I’m asking for a $208 contribution to pay for a local bond and tax increase. This is the amount due for your average $470,000 home. Will you contribute?
Resident: I have two students who will be graduating soon, one in a neighborhood school, the other in a charter school. How often will you be asking for this contribution and how will both my children benefit?
School board: Oh, I’ll be here every year to collect forever, but until they graduate, both of your children’s teachers will receive pay increases and won’t likely leave the county for higher salaries. Although both are public schools, for your child in the charter school, we’re discontinuing the equal appropriation of bond funds between neighborhood and charter schools, radically reducing the amount for charters.
Resident: I understand that 20 percent of the 68,000 Douglas County students are in charter schools, how much will the charter schools receive?
School board: Oh, the appropriation for charter schools will increase between $3 million and $9 million — that’s 1.2 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively, of the $250 million.
Resident: Perhaps if I had many children in neighborhood schools long term, but I just don’t see the value and it’s not equitable.
Please vote no on the school ballot initiative in November.
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