We must narrow school spending disparity
Did I read it correctly? Rochester receives $470 per pupil in our schools,
according to what the Post-Bulletin reported. And the state average is $748 per
pupil? Why do we lag so far behind the state average? What am I missing
I am shocked and disappointed to learn of this disparity. I moved to Minnesota just
about five years ago as a retiree. I have come to enjoy what Rochester has to
offer, including the Mayo Clinic, the art center, theater, IBM, the new UM-R,
friendly neighborhoods, many parks, and many other things. What proud
traditions this city boasts!
However, I feel we are hurting our students by providing a low per pupil
amount to our schools for the education of our young people. They are the
future of Rochester, of our state, of our country. We cannot afford to short
change their education! Although I am on a fixed income, I support an
increase in school funding. If it is not forthcoming from the state, we as
a city must step up and provide the quality education that befits our city.
Ellyn L. Wiens