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Reader's view: Why no public input on new Edison school?

I enjoyed reading the stories about the new schools that have been made safe and are ready for the challenges of the new century. What I do not understand is why Edison built a $60 million school with no public input ("New Duluth charter school n...

I enjoyed reading the stories about the new schools that have been made safe and are ready for the challenges of the new century. What I do not understand is why Edison built a $60 million school with no public input ("New Duluth charter school nearing completion," July 30). It was funded with taxpayer money.

The site on Rice Lake Road assures no students can walk to school. Consequently, the cost of busing for taxpayers rises tremendously in this day of high gas prices. The Rice Lake Road site does not appear to be a very safe one considering all of the traffic there. Was a traffic study done?

In addition, Edison purchased a building from a church in West Duluth ("Former Good Shepherd Catholic Church sold to charter school group," Dec. 4). Was this a wise use of tax dollars? Why has the public not been asked or allowed to weigh in on decisions about the use of our money?

Inese Holte

Duluth

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