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Letter: School budgets should reflect economic climate

I would like to share some thoughts regarding the proposed school tax increase.

It strikes me that the people in the public sector, from Washington, D.C., on down to the local level, simply don't comprehend the severity of the current recession and the impact it's having on ordinary citizens. People are struggling to stay afloat financially and fiscal restraint should be the order of the day, not increased taxes and spending.

My own elementary education was in a one-room country school-one teacher teaching all eight grades in one single room. Before I'm accused of being a Neanderthal, let me make it clear that I'm not suggestion such draconian measures for the Perham schools. The point I'm making is that class size and modern facilities are not the only elements that contribute to a good education.

Student motivation, teacher motivation and positive parental involvement are, I believe, at least equally important. It's worth noting that among the graduates of that one-room school I attended were a disproportionately high percentage of very successful business and professional people, including one U.S. congressman.

Today's school administrations are highly trained. Most of them have earned two or three college degrees and their salaries are commensurate. Given that level of management expertise, one should expect that school budgets could be adjusted to reflect today's harsh economic climate.

Ed Nelson, Ottertail