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Bob St. Clair

Culleton on Carroll: Teacher pension issue forces tough choices to maintain quality education

Education costs us.

Poor education costs us much more.

The United States lags most industrial nations in the quality of our primary and secondary education.

True, Maryland ranks highest in the 50 states in quality of education by some measures (as low as ninth by others), and ranks about ninth in per-pupil expenditures.

In education quality, Carroll County ranks about fourth among Maryland jurisdictions. Carroll achieves this because the bulk of the families with school-age children are educated, well off and stress the value of a good education.

However, Carroll ranks 14th in per-pupil expenditures. So it would seem there's not much stretch in the...