Sunday, May 27, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Hernando needs equitable school funding

Our schools need equitable funding

When will Hernando County Schools pursue equitable state funding?

"Hernando County schools have been slammed by budget cuts." That was the lead to a Times story by Danny Valentine that seems to appear every year.

Once again, the school district is forecasting a budget shortfall and once again the school superintendent declares that our schools must learn to manage with less. Hernando School Superintendent Bryan Blavatt, who is scheduled to retire, advised principals across the county to be prepared to reduce budgets by another 5 percent no matter how little they're working with now.

The School Board has an opportunity to assess current conditions and work together with the new superintendent, Lori Romano, on a viable plan. But they need to focus their efforts where they're most needed.

If nothing else, this county needs a school superintendent who believes our schools are worth fighting for, and is willing to take the fight to Tallahassee where the Department of Education's funding formula has disproportionately funded Hernando County schools for decades. And, she needs a Board of Education that is willing to educate themselves and engage in the core issues, like state funding, in a meaningful way.

Hopefully, the board and Ms. Romano will work together effectively to create a strategic plan with which to approach the state officials.

Gregg Laskoski, Spring Hill

Shocking hospital prices can hurt you | Dan DeWitt column May 26

Good care at good price — elsewhere

I had double hip replacement surgery in the United Kingdom two years ago. I was a self-pay patient.

The hospital gave me a total surgical package that included five nights in a private room and three months' intensive physical therapy in the U.K., and three monthly follow-up visits to see the surgeon. He used minimal invasive surgery on me and gave me ceramic hips.

Total cost? $33,000.

Jill Maden, Spring Hill

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Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

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Updated: 05/25/18

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Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

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Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

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Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18