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We cannot afford this

October 30, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

To the Editor:

Last year, on Nov. 8, 2011, a similar Fairmont school referendum was resoundingly defeated 2,029 to 999.

Ever-increasing school budgets with state funding (Sentinel, Gunther and Rosen, Sept. 20, 2011; Gunther Aug. 28, 2012) do not correlate to increased student academic achievement. The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment Test Scores for the years 2008 to 2011 show Fairmont underperformed academically. The new state Multiple Measurement Rating system for 2012 shows little academic improvement.

It has been said, "The quality of student outcomes will not exceed the quality of their teachers." We need good teachers, and fundamental curricula using timely teaching methods. Some extraneous staff positions, curricula and activities can be curtailed or eliminated. The announced sport and activity cuts are not cuts; the programs will only be unfunded.

If past history is correct, passing or not passing this referendum will only temporarily satisfy the school budget before another referendum is proposed. Fairmont taxpayers, especially those on fixed incomes, cannot afford another large property tax increase during this economic recession. Vote no on this referendum on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Henry W. Roehler




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