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  • Original ReportsPhoto of School Enrollment Down, Budgets and Surpluses Up

    School Enrollment Down, Budgets and Surpluses Up

    Although some as-yet unturned rock might reveal the exception that proves the rule, it is safe to say that nobody in Tiverton wants the town’s schools to fail.  The three-to-one vote to borrow $15 million to fix school roofs and HVAC systems shows the level of the town’s commitment to its children. That doesn’t mean that our school budget should be a sky’s-the-limit affair.  Indeed, the same impulse that can drive parents, administrators, and the teachers’ union to demand more and more money can also harm the educational mission.  A school system should be built on a determination to help students succeed no matter what, and the attitude that it is constantly under threat of being unable to reward its adult employees indicates different priorities. Think of it this way:  When the PTOs send out notices that the Budget Committee will be considering the school budget, parents and teachers fill the town hall.  How many of them show up at School Committee meetings when important curricular questions are on the table?  How many parents step forward during contract-negotiations to express concern that large increases for employees could eat up funds for innovative technology or even for fixing roofs and HVAC …

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  • Photo of Taxpayers as an Excuse for Town to Gamble on Stocks

    Taxpayers as an Excuse for Town to Gamble on Stocks

  • Discrimination Against Students Who Aren’t in the System

  • Photo of Taxpayers Get No Discount from Pension Investments

    Taxpayers Get No Discount from Pension Investments

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