Facts show Auburn needs more funding

Auburn is rarely considered in the same breath with Whitneyville, Northfield, Marshfield and East Machias.

But those communities have something in common with Auburn: They all spent less than $8,000 per pupil to educate their children in 2012-2013.

Of the 231 school districts in Maine, only 14 spent less per pupil than Auburn. Ten of those are tiny towns located in Maine's three poorest counties, Washington, Piscataquis and Aroostook counties. Four others are in Penobscot County.

There are no communities in central or southern Maine that spent less per pupil to educate their children than Auburn.

While not wealthy, Auburn has a per capita income of nearly $20,000, compared to Whitneyville ($13,115), Marshfield ($15,969) and East Machias ($13,254).

Critics have pointed to the size of the increase on Tuesday's ballot, 6.9 percent, and it is large.

But when you look at other communities in Maine, they are simply providing relatively more money to educate their children, often much more.

Auburn voters are likely to face a series of increases over the next several years because of a law recently passed by the Legislature without opposition and signed by Gov. Paul LePage.

That law requires all of the state's school districts to spend what the state calculates is the amount necessary to cover "Essential Programs and Services" for its students.

The EPS was introduced in 2004, and Maine districts have been working toward meeting this minimum ever since. Auburn, unfortunately, has fallen behind.

As the accompanying chart shows, both Lewiston and Auburn were a considerable distance from that goal in 2012-2013. Lewiston voters recently approved a school budget that will move their schools much closer to the EPS target.

Even so, in 2012-2013, Lewiston was spending about 10 percent more per student than Auburn.

Opponents of the tax increase will argue that Auburn is not a wealthy community and that its residents cannot afford to pay more for schools.

But, when looking at statewide data, it becomes clear that there are many districts with lower per capita incomes that are not only spending more per pupil but have already reached their EPS goal.

For instance, in 2012-13, Lewiston was providing about 10 percent more per student toward EPS while it showed $2,037 less in per capita income.

Biddeford, with significantly less per capita income, is spending nearly $1,500 more per pupil per year.

Among the eight larger cities we surveyed, Auburn spent the least.

You will hear opponents say the Auburn schools received an increase from the state for its 2013-2014 budget.

That's true, but the district is so far behind that more is necessary.

Critics will argue that Auburn has several failing schools and middling test results, so why support higher taxes?

Does anyone really believe that spending even less on our schools will improve those results? If we are spending less than what the state thinks is "essential," could that be part of the reason we are seeing poor results?

Critics will also talk about slush funds, fund balances and other mysterious ways that Auburn could close this gap.

This, we believe, is nonsense. Reducing a carryover balance will not move the district toward the EPS minimum.

Critics will say that the state should step up and fund 55 percent of local educational expense as required under law, rather than the 45 percent the state is budgeted to provide.

But the state is wrestling at the moment with an $800 million deficit, and an increase in school funding is off the table for the foreseeable future.

Some will say that's unfair and hypocritical — how can the state demand Auburn come up with the money when the state hasn't done the same.

That is unfair, but the bottom line remains: 80 percent of the communities in the state have already met the goal, some of them poorer and more hard-pressed than Auburn. Many of the remaining 20 percent are already much closer to the goal than Auburn.

As we mentioned, only 13 other Maine communities — all tiny and rural — are spending less per pupil than Auburn.

Citizens will have an opportunity to stand up their schools and children Tuesday.

rrhoades@sunjournal.com

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BROOKS MORTON's picture

More money will not improve learning.

There is something wrong with the American education system and its NOT for a lack of funding.
http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com something to read for those with the will to consider the real culprit. get to the root of the problem and the answer will be obvious.

Thomas Hamilton's picture

You can spend

You can spend all you want on teachers, schools and educational programs, but if the kids and parents have little interest or intellectual curiosity you will not succeed in having a well educated population. That is the real problem. Paying teachers more will help retain better educated faculty, and providing more educational programs will help keep curious students become excited and discover the may opportunities that await them.

I once was a high school teacher in Maine but the apathy toward learning among so many of the students (and in many cases parents) was dismaying. My salary was dismal, and when I attended some school board meetings I was amaze at what I perceived to be an anti-intellectual attitude by some of the board members and a reluctance to spend money on anything but the most basic program. I left Maine after one year, was better paid as a graduate student (!) the next year and eventually received a PhD. I returned to teaching, but not in Maine.

This was many years ago and the demands on schools have greatly increased. Indeed, the demands on teachers and schools has expanded well beyond reading, writing and arithmetic.

DAVID BURKE's picture

Auburn School Department uses misleading robo-calls (again)

I don't know if a 9% increase is warranted or not. The EPS formula seems quite complex, and frankly, I don't know enough about the particulars to have an opinion.

However, we received another misleading robocall from the Auburn School Department. This time, they basically said, in a roundabout way, that if you don't vote to pass the budget, we're gonna cut your kids classes.

Just like the deception they used when attempting to have late start Wednesdays, they are misusing robocalls to politicize their point of view.

I was undecided on how I was going to vote on this budget. I'm not now. It's time for some new leadership of our school system.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

The amount of money spent per

The amount of money spent per student does not paint a complete picture of success.

Can we prove that those additional dollars provide for a better education? Can you even produce that level information? If Auburn has similar results on fewer dollars, I would say Auburn is a model to follow.

A recent study by the Freidman Foundation found that 21 States have more non-teaching staff than teachers; Maine is ranked second worst [1]. Theoretically, Auburn can provide the same level of instruction on fewer dollars if they minimized non-teaching staff compared to Whithneyville, Marshfield, or East Machias.

This editorial piece would be more interesting if the writers attempted to prove the difference in spending really matters.

Lastly, Auburn taxpayers should reject any new school spending that lacks supporting data that more spending will make a difference. Moreover, each spending proposal should contain an objective statement of the problem this money will solve and a method to measure the objective’s success. Funding for objectives that do not measure up are eliminated.

[1] http://www.edchoice.org/Newsroom/News/New-Study-Finds-21-States-Have-Mor...

 's picture

Auburn does spend less

When compared to the top ten most populous cities in Maine (excluding Portland becuase they spend WAY more than any other of the top ten), Auburn spends much less to attain the same results. If you look at the governor's most recent school grades, Auburn spent $6,000 on average per point earned that the rest of the top ten most populous cities. Auburn was even included as a model efficient school system in the independant study that was later used to create EPS numbers for the state. I'll admit that the Auburn School Department has lots of room for imporvement in terms of student achievement on standardized testing, but we are a bargain compared to our peers. We're a pretty cheap "C", but I'd rather be any kind of an "A". More money doesn't equal better results, but the numbers show that we are using the money we do get more wisely than many others.

 's picture

correction

spent $6,000 LESS per point earned...

BROOKS MORTON's picture

small town comparison

"The amount of money spent per student does not paint a complete picture of success."
I would totally agree with this statement. I would dare say that my town, ( Newry pop. 350) pays the most per student than any town in this state, Just shy of one hundred thousand dollars a year per student. sad#44 just recieved an F for our regional high school. So is more regionalism the answer? Maybe if we were producing cars.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

“So is more regionalism the

“So is more regionalism the answer?”

In general, yes; Regionalization will make sense for some cities, but not for all cities. Take Lewiston-Auburn for example. Bussing students to a centralized location is not too expensive.

Take Buckfield, Jay and like communities as another example, busing to a regional schools makes less sense because it is more costly.

My proposal for the future of low cost education:

On-site or Remote video classes may be an alternative to centralize education in rural communities. Instead of paying for many classrooms, students would receive instruction in a computer lab setting by viewing live or reordered content. Students could review instructions after class time or during study hall as many times as necessary for clarification. During normal school hours, students view live or time delayed content where they can pause and ask for assistances from aids.

A perfect scenario is where one teacher pre-record classes; thereby, allow on-site teaches or aids to give more personalized help as students watch recorded content and have questions.

Given, there are lots of missing details here, but I think you get the just of my comment.

Benefit summary:

Prerecorded lessons standardizes instruction, but still allows for personal instruction on-site. Teachers and aids spend 100% of their time clarifying and reinforcing the lesson plan. Eliminates lesson plan duplication; that is, each teacher does not have to reinvent the wheel. How often does math up to and including calculus change anyway?

Jason Theriault's picture

Easy

When the maintenance that the district has been deferring catches up with them, and the school's roof collapses, test scores will fall.

You know, it's a logical fallacy that spending = hiring non-teaching staff. When money is tight, they do stuff like defer maintenance. Right now, I believe the schools are about $18 million behind in maintenance.

So you know, you can keep cutting, but eventually the building will rot out from under the kids, and you'll have to build a new one far sooner than you planned because your penny wise and pound foolish.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

That is the fault of the

That is the fault of the school system for not spending on the right things. Under budgeting maintenance is not an uncommon problem not only within the school system but also with practically all public infrastructures.

A building, road, bridge,..., etc. has a predicable lifespan and maintenance schedule. Tax dollars should be set aside each year to pay for future repairs and replacement, but dollars are not set aside, then politicians come crying to the gullible public. Why should the taxpayer be responsible for incompetent budget practices?

The public should simply refuse to fund new projects until politicians commit to budget for asset longevity.

Jason Theriault's picture

The right things?

You know, I posted a link earlier showing that Auburn spends the less than Portland, Bangor, and Lewiston for administrative and non-teacher positions. They can't afford to pay for the buildings. And as proposed by the superintendent, they are going to start cutting teaching positions unless there is a budget increase. They are at the bone. At this point, cutting WILL impact the students. You'll have to have larger classrooms, which has been shown to ABSOLUTELY lower test scores.

So you can say you want better schools, but that is lip service unless you open your wallet and prove it.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Some countries have large

Some countries have large class sizes (45-60) and still out scores the US on average, so your absolute is really not so absolute. It only fits your belief about education.

Jason Theriault's picture

Where?

Jason Theriault's picture

To be clear

I want you to say where larger classrooms lead to better results. Because every study I've seen says the opposite.

Jason Theriault's picture

I'm gonna say it - US Schools

I'm gonna say it - US Schools are some of the best.
The US is consistently ranked around 17th, which out of 200 counties, isn't bad. And since alot of those countries run their systems differently, where they distinct paths for vocational and college bound children, I think our system maybe underrated.

That said, I have a son in the Auburn school system, I see what they do and how they do it, and I think they are doing a great job.

They deserve more funding

MARK GRAVEL's picture

I'm gonna say it - US schools

I'm gonna say it - US schools are NOT the best. In fact, they pay fare more per student than other industrialized nations with lower results. Read the attached article.

http://rossieronline.usc.edu/u-s-education-versus-the-world-infographic/

Jason Theriault's picture

Depends what your definition of best is

I'm not saying they are efficient. But that's not how I would define a good school. We should look into why we spend more per pupil, but that's not the issue. Being effecient is secondary to providing a good education, which US schools are doing.

However, as for Auburn, it's spending much less per pupil than the rest of the state, and the results of that are showing up in delayed maintenance and decaying infrastructure.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Yet the data shows other

Yet the data shows other nations are still kicking our collective ass for less, so how can you say the US is doing its best? That is two strikes in my book: 1. better test scores; 2. spends less.

Auburn better make efficiency priority one then, and soon. To put is simply, Auburn cannot afford more, get efficient or die.

Jason Theriault's picture

Kicking our ass? No

See, this is where dumbing down the data makes people reach the wrong conclusions. Like the UN education index that rates the US 13th.
The goal isn't to beat as many countries as possible. Bragging rights are nice, but not the goal. The goal is to educate our kids.

We got 13th with a score of .978 our of 1.000
The top five tied at .993

If you were to give a grade for a 97.8, that would be an A+

So our schools are doing fine.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

sorry: fare --> far..

sorry: fare --> far..

U.S. students have to compete

U.S. students have to compete and succeed in the world market against the top 10 and top 20 nations of the world ... not against Afghanistan, Burundi, Haiti, Sudan and all those other 170 or 180 nations.
17th out of the "top 10" is an EPIC FAIL. 17th out of the "top 20" is a TOTAL FAIL.
When any American blithely writes ... "the U.S. consistently ranked around 17th ... isn't bad" ... and everyone, including the writer is not OUTRAGED, then we all are in DEEP DENIAL trouble.
Maine's students deserve a top 10% of the world's top 5% quality education, which is what taxpayers have l-o-n-g paid for in Maine.
U.S. public schools ... teachers and administrators ... have earned a consistent 17th place pay rate or being fired.
Maine public schools rank in the bottom 30% of U.S. schools. What have Maine teachers and administrators proved they deserve?

Jason Theriault's picture

Thats BS

Let's be realistic. "top 10% of the world's top 5%" is .5%. And to be honest, you don't want to pay for that. Maine is already in the top 5-10% in the country(http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/)

And saying the United States is 17th is also bs(and I know, I did it first). I discovered that by looking at the scores. As an example, the US is ranked 13th on the 2009 UN education index. However, it our was in the top 98%.(.993 was the top score, we got a .978)

So, when I say we are doing fine, that's because I looked at the data, and I'm not going on my gut.

And lastly, the single biggest indicator of how a child will due is the parents. If a child has crappy parents, chances are they will do poorly. If they have involved parents, chances are they will thrive.

The fact of the matter is that we are underfunding our schools when you look at the other school disticts, and so I don't think it's out of line for them to ask for an increase.

13th out of TOP TEN is "great enough" ? ! ?

Oh, oh Mr. Kotter ... please ignore that the U.S. ranks 13th (?), not 17th (?), for education compared to the TOP 10 countries.
Oh, oh Mr. Kotter ... but the U.S. ranks in the top 2% for education compared to almost 200 countries ! Ain't weese not stoopid ?
I purposely chose the play on "Welcome Back Kotter" from the late '70s because Maine is the oldest average age state in the U.S. ... because so many young have been forced to flee Maine for decades in hopes of finding some opportunity and a lower living costs. Unfortunately, too many have left poorly educated for the competition they face.
Of course we could all say ...
Yay ... the U.S. was the 13th nation to land a man on the moon out of almost 200 countries. That's great enough !
Yay ... the U.S. ranks 13th in the Olympics for medals out of almost 200 countries. That's great enough !
Yay ... the Red Sox rank 13th out of 30 MLB teams and wicked better out of almost 200 countries. That's great enough !
Yay ... the Patriots rank 13th out of 33 NFL teams and wicked better out of almost 200 countries. That's great enough !
Yay ... the Bruins rank 13th out of 30 NHL teams and wicked better out of almost 200 countries ! That's great enough !
Yay ... the Celtics rank 13th out of 30 NBA teams and wicked better out of almost 200 countries! That's great enough !
Hello ? 13th is good enough ? 5th is good enough ?
Let's be realistic .. this used to be the United States of America.
3rd is not good enough. 2nd is not good enough.
Maine ... where for education the U.S. ranking not in the Top 10 and Maine not in the Top 10 states is ... the Way Life Should Be.
Anyone else ... SO ashamed ?

Jason Theriault's picture

Maybe that's your experiance

Maybe Maine was in the bottom, because many people here don't know how to read.
But right now, Maine is in the top 10% of the nation.

http://nationsreportcard.gov/

Go . Read.

Also, US is ranked 13th, but this isn't a race. It doesn't matter if we beat every other nation, our goal is to educate our kids, and our scores are in the top 98%. The top 5 tied with a score of .993, with 1.000 being perfect. We got .978. So yeah, we're in 13th place. But our scores still are very good. If that were giving grades, that would be an A+

Auburn School budget

Throwing money at a problem does not solve it;the top heavy Auburn school department needs to spend it's money more efficiently on behalf of the students , rather than waste it on administration!

Jason Theriault's picture

Top heavy?

Where do you get your data that Auburn's schools are top heavy?

Here is a link(yes its from the Auburn School department) that shows when lined up to other departments in the state like Portland and Lewiston, Auburn has the lowest per-pupil costs for administration

http://www.auburnschl.edu/files/_mSKdD_/27c25471791dfcb53745a49013852ec4...

Again, it's from the Auburn school department, and it is a limited data set, but it's data. So do you have figures that say otherwise?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Yet Maine is ranked second

Yet Maine is ranked second worst nationally for the number of non-teaching staff. How about broadening your comparison.

http://www.edchoice.org/Newsroom/News/New-Study-Finds-21-States-Have-Mor...

Jason Theriault's picture

Yes, I'm sure an organization

Yes, I'm sure an organization "solely dedicated to advancing Milton and Rose Friedman’s vision of school choice for all children" is going to be an unbiased source

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Okay, more similar data ---

Jason Theriault's picture

Can I point out that

Can I point out that Auburn, at $8,000 per pupil, is right inline with other industrialized nations, and this increase wouldn't change that. So while there are outliers like NYC where they spend 20K per pupil(most likely because NYC is expensive), Auburn is not being outlandish.

8K is not crazy, and the increase is also not crazy.

Jason Theriault's picture

Except now

In your second link, the US is 4th.
Maybe if I get you to post another link, the US will be in eighth.
=)

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Denial is a weakness. Just

Denial is a weakness. Just keep doing what is not working.

Bravo Arthur. Great post.

Bravo Arthur. Great post.

Need Much More Money In Taxpayers Wallets !

Maine ranks below 34 other states with $33,700 per capita income.
http://www.census.gov/statab/ranks/rank29.html
That's over 50% more than Auburn's "nearly $20,000" per capita in this article !
The median income of Maine teachers is $45,000 plus some health benefits plus some retirement/pension benefits. Most Mainers earn much less with little or no health benefits and little or no retirement/pension benefits.
Maine's governor is paid $70,000 and is accountable to 1.3 million Mainers.
Maine's 94 full time and 33 part time school superintendents are paid an average of $90,000 (many well over $100,000) and with each accountable to, roughly, only 10,000 Mainers. The Mission & Core Values of Maine School Superintendents Association ... "Leadership to provide equity, create opportunities for and promote the success of every student".
Who cares how Maine schools rank versus Maine schools when the good, let alone the best, job opportunities have for decades been and are still "from away" and ever so sadly not here in Maine.
The U.S. spends in the top 5% per student of the top 30 nations of the world. The education product ... how well U.S. students stack up against other students ... ranks in the bottom 30%. Maine spends in the top 10% of U.S. states. Meanwhile, the education product in Maine ... how well Maine students stack up against students in our other U.S. states ... ranks in the bottom 30%.
So ... we in Maine spend per student in the top 10% amongst the top 5% in the top 30 countries (not counting 160+ other countries in the world) and Maine students' educations rank in the bottom 30% of the bottom 30%. Beyond shameful.
Ayuh ... money definitely is the problem ... if you can't do simple math.
Would you buy a car that cost more than 95% of all cars in the world but was rated for quality in the bottom third of the bottom third of all cars? So, why do you put up with the equivalent vastly over priced and horrible quality education for your kids?!?
Parents ... and all taxpayers ... need to take Maine's school administrators and Maine's teachers union behind the woodshed and have a serious "discussion". What a pack of abject failures. By the way, they think they are doing a great job and are proud of their work. Their problem is that we taxpayers are too poor and way too stingy with all the money we have. Or is it ... that we don't have?
I suggest that when Maine's children are getting top 10% amongst the top 5% education results compared to all U.S. states and the top 30 nations of the world ... who our children will be competing with to get jobs and during their entire lives ... then we could discuss the VALUE OF versus the NEED FOR more money.
My simple math says the "need" is for MUCH BETTER education RESULTS from the not at all small dollars we all pay per student with our best intent to equip Maine's children to be able to compete and to do well during their entire lives.
Right now, we start them off from way behind. They start behind 70% of all students in the U.S. and behind 70% of all students in what truly is a world economy. It's a credit to Maine kids that so many do so well with all this working against them. Think what they could do with "value equal to dollar" educations?!?
I say spending per student in the top 10% of the top 5% in the world and tolerating bottom 30% of the bottom 30% education results for our children earns all of us in Maine a failing grade ... and shame plus bottom of the barrel grades for all those who are well paid to provide education in Maine.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Great post, Mr. Langley. Well

Great post, Mr. Langley. Well stated.

I agree with Joe Gray. Fuzzy

I agree with Joe Gray. Fuzzy math doesn't pass the straight face test with people who pay attention. I would also like to add the benefits package and the retirement benefits of school employees. Benefits that would bankrupt a private business. School employees have a retirement package that far exceeds what the private sector offers.

No matter how much we throw at the schools, it will never be enough!

 's picture

Bravo

Bravo for coming to the right conclusion. I hope the publication of the conclusion isn't a little late.

 's picture

Another example of faulty Sun Journal "research"!

Why can't the Sun Journal staff think through how to do research? Why can't they try a bit harder to bore through the rhetoric of officials and get to the facts?

The Auburn School department spends excessive amounts of money on certain areas and less on others as compared to the EPS formula. The EPS calls for Auburn to spend roughly $6.2 million on special education. Auburn has roughly $7.5 million budgeted for that line item. That means $1.3 million is not accounted for in the EPS formula for that particular line item. Similarly the transportation line item. Auburn spends roughly $500,000 more than the state tells us we should.

If the Sun Journal staff would do the simple math - $38,000,000 budget divided by 3600 children means roughly $10,000 per student. Though this is below some of the other districts, it is a far cry from the $8,000 the Sun Journal staff states - a number forwarded by the Auburn School Department.

THere are indeed lots of expenses in the Auburn school budget that are excessive. You state Auburn has a per capita income of $20,000. Why then do the admin folks at the schools need to make 5 or six times that amount? The superintendent makes $115,000 now and will get another 2% raise with this budget. The principals at our schools make between $80,000 and $97,000 each.

Why not put out some actual information instead of talking points forwarded by public institutions? This newspaper seems to take the easy way out and just quote someone else. Can't you do your own research?

The school budget is not about the students. If it were we wouldn't spend so much on admin or consultants. We need to decrease the number of people we employ and focus more money in the classroom - where it is needed and where it will impact our students positively.

Rex Rhoades's picture
staff

What's in EPS

Both special education and bus transportation are included in EPS. For a complete description of what's included, try this report: http://www2.umaine.edu/mepri/sites/default/files/EPS2011.pdf

The comparison I used was not part of the school district's presentation, but it can be found here:
http://www.maine.gov/education/data/ppcosts/2012/ppocfy12bysau.pdf

 's picture

Read my original post again - please

I did point out that special ed and transportation we included in the EPS. I stated we spend far more in those particular areas than the state allocates for us to do so. I have read the EPS and made pertinent comments on how Auburn schools could up their per student numbers if they chose to do so.

 's picture

I have studied the EPS and asked DOE for their input

To say we need to spend more is inaccurate. If we wish to improve our "per student cost" we need to spend our money more in line with how Augusta thinks we should spend our money. To use the figure of roughly $8,000 per student is simply inaccurate. Auburn's school budget of $38,00,000 divided by 3600 students is roughly $10,000. So, Auburn is spending enough money to be average with regards to it's peer group. But the Auburn admin is not spending it the way the state wants them to spend it. So, in short, your statement that Auburn needs to spend more is inaccurate.

 's picture

Joe, I appreciate that while

Joe, I appreciate that while you math to determine the cost per pupil, we can't use it for this comparison. This is the State's calculation and while it perhaps omits certain things from the number, it is the only one we can use for comparison. I don't know the reasons these things are omitted, but they are.

Also, while again, your math may be correct, I can't prove otherwise, regardless of line item details, if the department is above or below EPS in the total, then the department is above or below the total. The EPS formula determines only two things; what is required to provide the essential programs and services for a system based on population and the make-up of that population and what number the State is going to provide 55% of. It doesn't take into account every aspect of a departments student population or those student's needs; in that regard it is fairly general. So, if Auburn is moving money from one line item to another to compensate for that, that is okay in the DOE's eyes. The fact is that even with the increase that the department is asking for, we are still well below EPS, regardless of the line items.

 's picture

What the facts show

is that our educational system is broken. Some of this ma be due to the fact that parents don't care as much as they should and some of it may be due to the fact that students don't care as much as they should. There is also the possibility that educators don't care as much as they should, but I won't go there.
Where I will go is to a place that most of you don't want to, and that is the area where most other countries spend less on education with far better results. I don't want to hear about poverty, or home life, or lack of time, blah blah blah.
This is the GD USA! The "supposedly" most advanced nation on the planet and our children are receiving a lesser education than some 3rd world countries. My own children, I'm sorry to say, didn't learn in high school as much as I did and I was enrolled in college courses with kids that couldn't punctuate a sentence properly. Something must be done to reverse this trend or we will soon have a nation that is capable of nothing but selling burgers (and then only if the register calculates the change for them).
Education, and good education at that, is the only barrier that the USA has between itself and other places in the world looking to usurp our status as a world leader. We are failing our children and they don't seem to care. Unfortunately neither does our government or our educators...
http://rossieronline.usc.edu/u-s-education-versus-the-world-infographic/

Steve  Dosh's picture

Facts show Auburn needs more funding

Rex , 16:00 Saturday
It's a tough nut to crack . Where would you rather send your kids to ?
A: Whitneyville , Northfield , Marshfield , Auburn , *.ham, NH , Nome , East Machias , New Gloucester or Loystone ?
These are our choices ; private , public , parochial , home schooling , charter schools & Maria Montessori's
Amount of $$ spent ( i.e., headcount ) doesn't have a lot to do with livability or desirability of communities and their schools , administrators , and other intangible benefits that accrue from living in one community vs. another . Take Alaska , for instance
How much do you think they spend to fly their kids back and forth to public schools ? idk either . ...
Take it from us
i used to volunteer in a ' school left behind ' for about 7 years ( K - 6 ) . In fact , when i started volunteering i was the only male role model ( besides the janitor Danny ) , who was a convicted sexual offender hth ?
http://www.nclb.gov /s, Steve

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