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May 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Public-school levy lid

Times’ solution hurts children in poor districts

Kudos for The Seattle Times’ editorial calling for lifting the levy lid and reducing the levy-equalization fund [“A small lift for schools,” Opinion, May 7]. Those steps would aid children who showed good judgment by living in property-rich school districts and would hurt only those children who showed bad judgment by living in property-poor school districts.

It is a mathematical truism that the parents of children in property-poor districts have to expend more tax effort to raise school money through levies than do the parents of children living in property-rich districts. And it is true that concerns for fairness and equity produced the levy lids and levy-equalization funds, which seek to reduce these differences.

But fairness and equity are vagrant claims; I much prefer your more disciplined stand — that treating some of our children unfairly is just “an unfortunate reality of this recession budget.”

— William R. Andersen, Seattle

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