Letter: Scott must rescind addition of Excess Spending Threshold to Act 68

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Editor of the Reformer,

Dear Governor Scott,

I am writing to inform you I will not vote for you and will encourage all voters I can to do the same unless you rescind the addition of the Excess Spending Threshold to Act 68. This has decimated our local schools for years as we have tried to provide a quality education for our deserving students in Windham County.

To add insult to injury, for the past 20 years we have been struggling under an error in the formula used to calculate Equalized Student Weighting. This error incorrectly shorted us of resources needed for our many Free and Reduced Lunch and English Language Learning students. We are staring at a possible

$4 million bond to make our high school safe. When held to making the difficult decision whether to cut programs or do building maintenance we chose to put our dollars toward financing deserved vibrant and robust programming. We looked to areas that didn't directly impact students. What a terrible choice to be forced to make to avoid the punitive Excess Spending Threshold! And all the while other communities were receiving enough money to improve their buildings and offer more than we could dream.

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Do the right thing and end this horrible and unfair piece of legislation going back to this coming school year's budget.

Thank you,

Patricia Dickson

Jamaica, July 27

(Dickson served on the Jamaica Village Elementary School Board for six years, the Leland & Gray High School Board for six years and the West River Education District School Board for one year.)


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