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Letter to the editor: Still looking for some real answers

For several months I've been researching the issues surrounding the LRFP/Red Plan, so that I could form my own educated opinion. I first went to the most logical source with my questions: The Duluth School District. At first, Superintendent Dixon...

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For several months I've been researching the issues surrounding the LRFP/Red Plan, so that I could form my own educated opinion. I first went to the most logical source with my questions: The Duluth School District. At first, Superintendent Dixon was very willing to answer my questions. Occasionally, a school board member would also reply. As my questions became more specific however, I received fewer responses; and some questions haven't been answered at all.

When the group MoveForwardDuluth was formed, I approached them with this question: "What does MoveForwardDuluth see are the inaccuracies in the information that has been circulated regarding the Red Plan?"

They replied: "The role of MFD is not to try and convince anyone, rather it is to re-focus the public's view on the many benefits of the LRFP, both for the kids, the district and ultimately our community. Accurate information about the plan can be found on the district's Web site or by calling the district and asking questions."

I wasn't looking to be convinced; I was looking for answers supported by details and facts. They offered me few.

When the group Vote Yes For Kids came forward, I asked them: "What specifically, will the operating levy money be used for?"

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To which they replied: "The questions you ask are not mine nor this group's to answer. With the type of questions you are asking, I can only refer you to the people who would be making the specific decisions [the District]."

Yet they're encouraging me to vote yes, yes, yes?

All I'm looking for are some answers that can be substantiated by genuine facts. If the Duluth School District, or MoveForwardDuluth, or Vote Yes For Kids have all the "correct information," but can't or won't answer basic questions, then where else do I turn?

Trina LeGarde

Duluth

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