Schools chief pans funding system
Charles Dupre testifies in ongoing school finance trial.
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Sfunding that state lawmakers cut.
“We believe that our taxpayers are paying their fair share. The system is broken. We shouldn’t put more on the back of our taxpayers when the state is not doing their job to put enough into the system or distributing it in an equitable manner,” Dupre said.
On Wednesday, Dupre was cross-examined by lawyers representing the state and then fielded questions from state District Judge John Dietz, who is presiding over the case.
Dietz pointed out that school districts have managed to get by over the past two years even though they had fewer resources after the Legislature cut $5.4 billion from the 2012-13 education budget.
“How do I know you can’t do that again? How do I know you don’t have a little bit more you can do?” Dietz asked.
Dupre responded, “We can get by if just getting by is acceptable. In our district that is not enough. … We want to help students master the curriculum, not just get by.”
The trial, which began in late October, will continue into January.