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Right before the Ripley vote ...
February 7, 2013 - John D'Agostino
Teachers are normally advocates for greater learning opportunities.
That was not the case this week in Ripley. In my Publisher's Notebook in Friday’s edition, I discuss tactics by two groups to put a halt to future learning opportunities for Ripley students. One of those groups, unfortunately, was the Ripley Education Association.
The letter is attached to this blog — as well as some comment on each point that the teachers could have provided for each concern or question.
2. Correct, but sports already are being offered at other districts without the Ripley name, including football and wrestling.
3. Parents already have to transport students to sports or other activities — and there is such a thing as "car pooling."
4. Correct. Ripley is receiving a 7.4 percent increase in state aid ... because of the district’s high poverty rate — close to 70 percent. High poverty rates are tied to high taxes.
5. Correct. But that Ripley aid could be used by other districts that house more than 300 students.
6. Notice the improper spelling of "rein?" By educators?
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Here is the letter mailed to Ripley district residents on Monday — one day before the vote.