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Wed Jun 13, 2018, 01:26 PM

NYT, 'School's Closed in Wisconsin. Forever.'

ARENA, Wis. — Ten-year-old Lola Roske grabbed her backpack and headed to elementary school for the last day of class, the final check on her to-do list before the unstructured bliss of summer.
At drop-off, her mother, Kellie Roske, was determined not to linger. All around her, parents were hugging their children. Teachers were brushing away tears. “I surprisingly held it together,” said Ms. Roske, who for weeks had steeled herself for an “ugly-cry day.”

Lola was among the last students to attend Arena Community Elementary. After classes let out last Monday, the school was shuttered permanently by the River Valley School District, whose administrators say that unforgiving budgets, a dearth of students and an aging population have made it impossible to keep the school open. For the first time since the 1800s, the village of Arena has no school.

Arena Elementary is the second small rural elementary school in two years to close in the district, nearly 300 square miles of rolling pastures and dairy farms in southwestern Wisconsin. The one in the neighboring village of Lone Rock closed last spring. The district now has just one open public elementary school, in Spring Green, nine miles away.

The same scene is playing out across rural America. Officials in aging communities with stretched budgets are closing small schools and busing children to larger towns. People worry about losing not just their schools but their town’s future — that the closing will prompt the remaining residents and businesses to drift away and leave the place a ghost town...

Read More:https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/school%e2%80%99s-closed-in-wisconsin-forever/ar-AAyzQj2

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appalachiablue Jun 13 OP
beachbum bob Jun 13 #1
marylandblue Jun 13 #2
LisaM Jun 13 #3
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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 01:37 PM

1. Need to look at how little farmers pay in property tax for starters

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 01:52 PM

2. Farmer is mostly a low margin business

So there isn't much to tax. Better to stop relying so much on property taxes and have the state fund the schools more. This will benefit both urban and rural low income communities.

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Response to marylandblue (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 01:55 PM

3. Exactly.

Great response. But with a Scott Walker regime....

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Response to LisaM (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 02:04 PM

4. Hopefully the blue wave washes over Wisconsin

Last night's special election win was very encouraging.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 02:41 PM

5. Right, this is what the Repugs want

to raise up a whole generation of imbeciles that doesn't have the education to tell them the stuff they're doing is STUPID.

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