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Dear Editor:

Your recent story about possible staffing cuts in the Carlisle School District, (“Proposed study could result in staffing cuts at Carlisle schools”, Jan. 3, The Sentinel), correctly noted state funding for public schools is not keeping up with the cost of educating students.

Your readers also should know that Pennsylvania currently ranks 46th in share of public education funding and, in fact, if the state fully funded the fair school funding formula it passed two years ago, Carlisle schools would see an additional $12 million annually.

If the state funded public schools adequately, not only would staff reductions be unnecessary, but the district would be able to make additional investments in school infrastructure and curriculum, and hopefully slow the rate of property tax increases passed on to local taxpayers.

It’s time for Harrisburg to do something for the local schools and communities its policies have shortchanged for so long.

Julie Lesman


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