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School levies

The editorial board just finished meeting with proponents of the simple majority requirement for school levies. They said equity was the main goal of the proposal; schools shouldn't have to drum up more support than local governments, the Legislature or anyone else when they need more property tax money in order to carry out their mission.

To me, it appears that the key philosophical issue is the definition of basic education: is the state fulfilling its constitutional duty to fund it? If we're still using the 1970s definition, most would say yes; but those we met with today argue strongly for a redefinition.

What do you think constitutes basic education?

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