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Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors passed its 2012-2013 budget with an unanticipated turn of the tables. In one motion to rescind the advertised tax rate of 68 cents, the Fluvanna County School Board and administrators witnessed an annihilation of months of budget planning, resulting in massive cuts directly impacting the education of our school children. In that one swayed vote, favoring a lower tax rate, and with deliberate efficiency, it forced the members of the school board and school administrators to seek possible solutions to an impossible task, more cuts to the school budget that was skeletal at best.

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Can our country afford cuts in education? We must remain competitive in world markets but without well educated young people, not only are we wasting the finest and brightest minds but we are losing our position as #1 in the developed world.

President Obama’s administration has already granted waivers to 19 states from No Child Left Behind provided they will prepare children for college and careers, set new targets for improving achievements among all students, reward the best performing schools and focus help on the ones doing the worst.

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Did we not see this coming when cautions were sounded about a potential train wreck coming if we did not pay attention to our spending mentality? All you activists and concerned citizens who came out to protest the cuts to schools were great. However these cuts were a self-inflicted wound starting in 2005.

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“Eight Reason Public School Teacher’s Aren’t Underpaid” led me to a number of thoughts.

The two key ones were: Add a comment

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The time is here to make your plans to play in the 34th annual Lake Monticello Fire and Rescue Golf Tournament. The date is June 23 with two planned shotgun starts. One at 8 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. From noon to 2 p.m. there will be a lunch for all players. The rain date is August 11.

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