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In the Aug. 21 letter "Wilkinsburg School Costs Are Far Out of Line With Quality," Patrick Lazorchak asks the superintendent and the board to give "serious thought to merging with the city." Why in the world would Pittsburgh Public Schools take on that burden?

The Pittsburgh public school district is currently projected to run out of money in 2016. Merging with Wilkinsburg would only add to the deficit. There isn't enough tax revenue in Wilkinsburg to make up for the cost of educating its students.

The problems currently plaguing the Wilkinsburg school district are so deep that they could only retard the hard work currently going on in Pittsburgh.

Wilkinsburg's merging with the Pittsburgh school district should not even be an option for the Pittsburgh board. That would only cement its reputation of dysfunction.

RUSSELL A. KUEHNER
Ben Avon
The writer is a retired English teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.


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