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After reading the highlights of Dan Nerad's proposal to close the student achievement gap, I see the same liberal method of looking for solutions by throwing more money at the problem.

His proposal will cost the district a projected $100 million-plus over five years. This is an average of $800 per year across the 25,000 student body. Madison is already 13 percent higher in cost per student, now $13,493 versus the state average of $11,894 per student per year, according to the Madison School District website.

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Do the math. With his plan, we will be 20 percent higher than the state average cost per student per year. How will we pay for this? Where does it all end?

Bob Hartwig, Madison

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