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FORGET ABOUT STAR -- VOUCHERS ARE THE ANSWER

The News taunts us with the salaries of our public school superintendents and teachers. But the general public can't do anything about it,except demand competition.

The only solution is a voucher system. That way, the money that is spent per student in New York State -- almost $9,000 -- could be used by parents to choose where they want to send their children for the best all-around education.

Now our political leaders want to try the STAR program. Teachers salaries go up, up, up, yet the state will actually reduce our school taxes? Where is the state going to come up with more money? Much of our taxes are needed to cover state employees and programs. I think the STAR program is just another way to shut us up for a while.

No one is against education. We have some wonderful teachers in the system, but they are well overpaid by our tax dollars. Of course teachers will justify their worth, but in reality we love our children so much, we let it happen. As a result, our children are caught in the middle.

KAREN BIGOS West Seneca

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