Letter: Question 2 won't save Maine schools

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As the father of two public school students in Falmouth, I urge my fellow Mainers to vote no on Question 2. More money for education always sounds good, but raising taxes to fund the education bureaucracy, as called for under Question 2, will not increase the quality of education in Maine. In fact, Maine’s per-pupil spending has been increasing at an average rate of nearly 4 percent per year over the last 13 years, with current average spending at $11,000 per pupil. Throwing more money at the problem is clearly not the answer. Real education reform requires how we manage education, including teacher accountability, greater local control, and less bureaucracy. Higher taxes won’t address any of this, but higher taxes will kill jobs in our state by making Maine a less competitive place to start and grow a business. Don’t be fooled; vote no on Question 2.

Joshua Filler