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Incumbent's View: Shrinking investment in classrooms has to be fixed

Harry Welty

There is one fact the voters of Duluth must understand before they can possibly fix the problems of the Duluth public schools.

In 1997, 20 years ago, when I was in the second year of my first eight years on the School Board, Duluth taxpayers contributed $23 million to the school district. Of this, $14 million were spent in classrooms. In 2017, Duluth taxpayers are contributing $31 million to the school district. Of this, only $2.5 million are being spent in the classroom.

I've written several million words online about the plight of the Duluth school district. On the theory that the moments of silence in music are every bit as important as the moments of noise, I'll dispense with 300 of my op-ed's 500 allotted words to let voters think about what I've just written. Read that second paragraph a couple of times before continuing.

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Before the Duluth schools can be schools of the 21st century some sensible, fair and affordable solution must be found to this startling, feud-inducing, inescapable fact. Assigning blame may feel good, but it solves nothing.

Harry Welty is an At Large member of the Duluth School Board, seeking reelection. Four candidates will be on the Nov. 7 ballot for two open At Large seats. The others are Josh Gorham, Dana Krivogorsky, and Sally Trnka. They all contributed columns that are being published this week on the News Tribune Opinion page.

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