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News & Notes: Aug. 9

Aug. 9, 2011

Superintendent part of public school debate

Greenfield - Superintendent of Greenfield Schools Conrad Farner told a gathering of school officials from all over the state that, "We can't put our heads in the sand and pretend everything is all right."

He was speaking about the sweeping new state regulations which are driving the Greenfield schools toward bankruptcy.

The school officials had gathered July 20 at Greenfield High School, which provided space to the actual event organizer, a group called Opportunity to Learn - Wisconsin. Farner was one of several speakers concerned with the condition of education since the state actions.

Noting that the new requirements are onerous after years of state revenue cap restrictions, Farner also said: "We can't forget that we are coming off of 18 years of revenue caps that have already forced us to tighten our belts, make drastic reductions and to lower our services. Districts are surviving. Surviving is not the same as thriving."

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