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School district should consider all kinds of costs and benefits


In the business world, decisions are generally made by weighing the costs of something desirable for a business against its benefits over time. A piece of equipment may cost a lot of money, but if it pays for itself in a few years and provides an added benefit, such as increased customer satisfaction, it’s likely to be bought.

Public schools don’t generally have the luxury of increasing their revenue by such means. They get what a state formula says they’ll get, regardless of any increased value its leaders think the school could bring to students if the school could just muster a lit...

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