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JAN 26, 2014 - Boston Globe

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The article in Globe West by Evan Allen citing disparities in PTO funding in Newton elementary schools makes a valid point (“School PTOs play key role in technology funding”). However, it fails to recognize the larger disparities between districts. Per pupil spending varies dramatically: from about $10,000 in Dracut and other towns to over $27,000 in Cambridge. Newton’s per pupil spending (2012) is comparatively high, $16,400 per pupil. By comparison Arlington, where I live, can afford only $12,603 — even after two recent overrides. The PTO at my daughter’s middle school in Arlington tries ... Read More

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