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Stop quibbling at the expense of education

Editorial

Depending on the individual, one may support all, none or some of the above actions. Maybe you are fine with where the money is going, maybe you are not.

What is clear is that it’s not being deposited into the education bank.

In terms of federal spending, defense, social security, Medicare and Medicaid, safety-net programs and interest debt come before education.

When considering spending as a percentage of the GDP, Cuba ranks first when it comes to education and the United States, while tied for first place with Switzerland in annual spending per student, is merely 38th in terms of spending as a percentage of the GDP.

The latter ranking is the one that counts, as spending-per-student averages and subsequent comparisons are tricky unless all variables are considered. An array of factors can increase or decrease the cost of educating any particular student, and many of them are difficult to pinpoint.

One thing that is apparently not under debate is that Americans want education and health care to be the government’s top spending priorities, according to a University of Chicago Study administered since 1973.

Yet the federal government supplies only 3.5 percent of public school system funds, with state and local governments picking up roughly 48.7 percent of the tab and taxpayers covering the rest. That taxpayer percentage is higher in many North Country schools.

In the end, it continues to appear that taxpayers are overburdened and public schools underfunded.

Perhaps next budget season, when taxpayers and school officials grow desperate and angry, instead of each being blinded by their own pain, come together, determine where the priorities lie and demand the government listen.

Comments should be directed to denpubs@denpubs.com

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