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Letter: Throwing more money at education not the answer

The recent letter to the editor by Rep. Brita Sailer expects readers to believe that a top-notch education, claims a few thousand for local districts is enough, on promises that next year there will be reform.

The recent letter to the editor by Rep. Brita Sailer expects readers to believe that a top-notch education, claims a few thousand for local districts is enough, on promises that next year there will be reform.

Taxpayers pay billions in Minnesota for education and it is about time we talk about how that money is spent rather than just coughing up more money and expecting different results. Maybe the reform is taking unions out of the equation and really focusing on student achievement and not just more dollars; I doubt it. Maybe it is about realigning and reducing the funding inequities in our schools and coming up with a system where the funding follows students making schools compete for students, creating an incentive for schools to do better; I doubt it. Maybe it is finally delivering more opportunities and providing choices to disadvantaged youth, focusing on core curriculum and finding ways to improve outcomes without just saying more, more, more money; I doubt it.

What you are really hearing from Rep. Sailer is that here is a carrot, we will throw more money at education next year if you elect me again. One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That is what Rep. Sailer hopes you will buy into instead of real reform and real improvements in education. Taxpayers should be smarter than that and expect more for their tax dollars.

David Anderson

Lonsdale, Minn.

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