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Legacy costs the root of APS’s financial issues

April 25, 2014
The Alpena News

Since 2011, state spending on public schools increased by 6.4 percent. The problem is not with Lansing. The problem with our predecessors became symptomatic in 1982 and a solution is not as easy as cutting salaries. The difficulty Alpena and other schools are having is legacy structure. Cutting teachers' salaries isn't a sustainable solution because teachers' salaries are not the problem - public school pensions and retirement benefits are the problem, and that is where the majority of the "per-pupil" funding increasingly goes - not to actually educate the students.



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