I do not disagree with your Page 16, April 8 Viewpoint, ``Scrap tax abatements.'' There was one particular statement, along with some implications, though, that I feel needs further comment. You stated: ``In turn, Ohio's financial support for community programs and schools has declined. As a result, many Ohio schools have funding problems and nowhere to turn for relief but to residents.''
Public schools always are funded by residents, either directly or indirectly. When the funding comes locally, there is some measure of control over the spending. When the funding appears to come from the state or federal government, it still comes from the residents, just from different pockets. Unfortunately, when the state ``gives'' money, it also gives controls (or mandates) that are often against the needs or wishes of the local residents. The best place for funding is to come directly from the local residents.
Particularly in today's environment, increased school funding most often does not translate into better-educated students, even though it seems like it should. Money alone will not solve the basic school problems, and might even make them worse if system changes are not made.
The ``business'' of education is no longer held responsible for the ``products,'' and without that, better-educated students are an accident rather than the intent.
Jacobson Mfg. Co.
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