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Manchester Proud: Private support for public schools

May 13. 2018 7:22PM

What direction should Manchester schools take over the next five years?

Some of the Queen City’s leading citizens have taken it upon themselves to answer that question. Manchester Proud began with a handful of the city’s business leaders discussing how they could contribute to Manchester schools.

They have been steadily increasing this coalition, and have decided that they can best help by undertaking a comprehensive strategic planning effort.

Three of the group’s cofounders write today to ask other Manchester residents to join. Tonight, Manchester Proud will present to the Manchester Board of School Committee its offer to draft a new five-year plan.

Over the last decade, Manchester School District spending, not including transportation, debt service, and food services, has increased from just under $9,200 per student to almost $11,700. That is more than 27 percent, or twice the rate of inflation. Reforming and improving public education in Manchester will take more than money.

We applaud those giving their time and passion to this campaign. Tapping into their expertise could bring new energy and disruptive ideas into a public school system too often stuck in the status quo.

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