It is the duty of all citizens to provide equal and quality education to all of our children

To the Editor:

I wish I had a huge sign for my front yard on which I could display your editorials.

On December 20th, you stood with John Walkuski against assault weapons and on July 4th you stand with our children to castigate the growing disparity in resources available to rich and poor districts.

Let it be known that I stand with you.

I served on the school board at Berne-Knox-Westerlo for 17 years, starting 50 years ago.  At that time, our state aid ratio was 70 percent.  I believe it is now in the vicinity of 40 percent.

The burden of educating our children is falling more and more on the local taxpayers.  How can the tax rate do anything but increase at rates greater than inflation?

It is the duty of all of our citizens to provide equal and quality education to all of our children and the best equipped entity to provide that outcome is the state, which has utterly failed to live up to its responsibilities.

Ralph Miller

Berne

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