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Solving the school funding problem is simple. The state needs to raise taxes. Simple. Problem solved.
That was the message delivered by Ralph Martire, an expert on school funding, at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County on Oct. 20 at the Batavia Public Library.
“The state has a revenue problem, not a funding problem,” Martire said. “It’s not an ideological problem, it’s math.” Martire rattles off figures in the billions of dollars, but his math is pretty simple. He contends that the state doesn’t spend enough on education, particularly where the evidence shows that it is needed most.