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Arlington Public Schools -- Harvard on the Potomac

How else to describe a school system with an average per-pupil cost of $15,397? In an article about the schools budget in this week's Arlington Connectionan, one budget watcher quipped, "Life is good." The budget projects that 175 fewer kids will be enrolled, but it also shows that 50 more adults will be employed by the school system. And, in a period when inflation runs about 2%, "most teachers will realize a salary increase of approximately 7%" plus some other other added benefits, says the Schools press release on the budget. Perhaps the budget watcher should have quiped, "Life is sooooooooooooooo good!" You can read the Superintendent's proposed Fiscal Year 2005 budget online (you will need an Adobe Reader to access the budget document).

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