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SCHOOLS: Peninsula comparison isn’t objective

Letter by Mike Hirko, Gig Harbor on Jan. 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm with 2 Comments »
January 9, 2012 12:27 pm

In comparing school districts the Citizens For Peninsula Schools proudly proclaims that Peninsula ranks lowest in 2011 comparable levy and bond rates among 20 neighboring school districts in Pierce and Kitsap counties.

This is not transparency but rather a blatant attempt to obfuscate.

Levy rates say nothing about the effectiveness or the efficiency of school districts as some districts have higher priced housing than others resulting in higher taxes.

Taxpayers need an objective source to inform them on the bottom line of school district comparisons. How do the districts compare in the overall cost per student? How effective have the districts been in teaching the kids?

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. muckibr says:

    How about: What is the cohort drop-out rate versus the rate of graduates?

  2. truthbusterguy says:

    Peninsula school district can claim this low rate because the houses are assessed at a higher rate. They don’t need as high of a rate as neighbooring counties becuse of the expensive home there. Bottom line is they bring in more money that gets wasted.

    Peninsula School districts spend $9500per student per year and the Discovery Lighthouse private school charges $7800 per student. Let the district explain that to the voters.


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