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posted: 8/22/2011 5:00 AM

Schools should pass balanced budgets

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In an era when banks have irresponsibly issued mortgages, state governments are in deficit, and the federal government's credit rating has been downgraded, I look to local boards of education to exemplify a "voice of reason." I seem doomed to be disappointed.

The Aug. 11 article "Dist. 15 (Palatine) passes budget in the red" begs the question: Why should taxpayers foot the $11 million deficit when each of us is asked to work within a balanced family budget or risk losing our homes?

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If corporations passed budgets in the red, they would be viewed as unwise and accused of squandering their future.

Boards of education throughout Illinois: Please act in a way that shows us that you can be fiscally sound now. Don't defer, deflect or further delay. Please don't pass on this opportunity to pass a budget in the black. After all, "passing a budget in the red" seems to be an oxymoron.

Steven Long

Hoffman Estates

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