Letter: State Goofs; Others Pay the Price

To the Editor:

Here we go again, downshifting more cost to the cities and towns in the guise of a goof. A key state office, the Department of Education, despite having professional and knowledgeable people on its staff, commits a $3.4 million dollar goof and then expects the towns and cities of 79 school districts to make up the difference. Mistakes such as this one are inexcusable and should not be just shrugged off as a minuscule error by Concord. In short, the state should apologize, then make up the difference somewhere — and that should be from the Department of Education and the legislative office budgets for our representatives. It is horribly unfair to penalize cities and towns for an error committed by a government bureau and legislators who enacted a law with unclear language.

John Franz



N.H. Goof Has Schools In a Pinch

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Plainfield — A dozen towns across the Upper Valley are feeling the pinch of unexpected shortfalls totaling nearly $500,000 in state education aid for the current budget year as the result of a miscalculation made by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Officials at the education department learned last month that they had misunderstood the language in a state budget …

Letter: Repairing the Damage in Concord

Monday, January 21, 2013

To the Editor: I would like to point out to John Franz of Dorchester (“State Goofs; Others Pay a Price,” Jan. 19) that among the individual legislators who made the goof that may cost his and my school districts way too much money and educational quality, most are now out of office, or at least confined to a minor role …