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  1. Property Tax Ranking from Year 2000 and Year 2010

    Here is some more data that highlights the same trends - a decade apart and relative rankings are basically unchanged.


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    Newton Override and METCO program

    As part of the debate over tax override in Newton, one aspect being raised by supporters of override is 10% increase in student enrollment leading to higher teacher-student ratio (25:1 in some...
  3. Proposed Massachusetts tax increases by Governor Deval Patrick

    I knew that the Governor that proposed increasing income tax rate from 5.25% to 6.25% but I was not aware of all the other tax changes that he was proposing. This is potentially a huge tax increase. ...
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    1960. Kennedy easily won the EV. He also won PV...

    1960. Kennedy easily won the EV. He also won PV by 112,827 votes (34,220,984 to 34,108,157).

    However there is a lot of confusion in electoral tallies at three states -- Louisiana, Mississippi and...
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    Jeff, By posting a timeline of Nate Silver's...

    Jeff,

    By posting a timeline of Nate Silver's blog postings, I wanted to point out a couple of things:

    a. How one can be wrong and still claim to be correct?. The morning before the election,...
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    Nate Silver and Mass Special Election

    1.05.2010: Wicked Awesome Thoughts on Massachusetts Special Election by Nate Silver

    The WNEC poll, incidentally, found that 73 percent of Democrats considered themselves highly very likely to...
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    I have tended to disagree with NY Times 538 blogs...

    I have tended to disagree with NY Times 538 blogs prediction of Obama's win. They are currently predicting a 79% chance of Obama winning.

    In my opinion, a bad economy means bad news for...
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    This election has been very close and remains...

    This election has been very close and remains close. Even now both candidates have good chance of winning. In my opinion, the current 60-65% odds in favor of President Obama winning are accurate and...
  9. just received the Quarterly Tax Bill

    On Saturday, I received the property tax bill. I noted the lower amount and again wanted to express my appreciation to the petioners.

    There is a definite concern that one-time changes made it...
  10. After having studied the articles, I have come to...

    After having studied the articles, I have come to the following decisions and these may change following the comments at tomorrow's ATM.


    ARTICLE 4: Change Finance Committee from appointed to...
  11. Please replace the word "intentions" with...

    Please replace the word "intentions" with "proposed solutions."

    The changes being proposed are far reaching and not everybody may agree with the solutions.
  12. Upcoming Annual Town Meeting - Changes to FY13 Operating and Capital Budget

    Today afternoon, I received an email from Wayland Voters Network drawing attention to changes made to the proposed FY13 Operating and Capital Budget. The factual information is on this website -
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    The choice of a Vice-President was based on the...

    The choice of a Vice-President was based on the following factors:

    a. Unify the party - usually your primary rival is selected. Examples are George Bush, Lyndon Johnson, etc.

    b. Identify a...
  14. PA's 20 electoral votes and NV's 6 electoral...

    PA's 20 electoral votes and NV's 6 electoral votes take Mitt Romney closer to 300 mark. CO and NH are the question marks but will not matter.
  15. Usually in a close presidential election -...

    Usually in a close presidential election - defined as 2000 and 2004, the winner needed to win 2 out of these 3 states (FL, OH, and PA). 2008 was a relative landslide. 2012 is widely expected to be a...
  16. Hi Everybody, Hopefully everybody is safe...

    Hi Everybody,

    Hopefully everybody is safe after the hurricane.

    A huge tree near our house fell onto Route 20 and that is main cause the power outage.

    Regarding Rick Perry, this was one of...
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    Agree with you on a systemwide basis. But as you...

    Agree with you on a systemwide basis. But as you mentioned as a Parent, I would like the option of escaping a failing school. It doesn't matter to me that the charter schools cherry-pick the students...
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    Jeff, Thank you for taking the time to review...

    Jeff,

    Thank you for taking the time to review the 3 movies.

    Not sure why you don't support charter schools. In a good district, charter schools are not important but in a failing urban district...
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    Wayland School District Data

    Jeff,

    That is a great quote.

    About your question regarding comparability of teachers. I based my statement solely on the attached table. The source is Mass DoE.

    - Nick
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/opinion/26nocera...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/opinion/26nocera.html?hp

    Very good article in today's New York Times.

    Some good points:

    a. Going back to the famous Coleman report in the 1960s, social...
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    Just to add to Jeff's point - currently 35,000...

    Just to add to Jeff's point - currently 35,000 non-citizens serve in US Armed Forces and about 8,000 join the US Armed Forces every year.

    http://www.cna.org/documents/D0011092.A2.pdf
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    Not sure whether this posting belongs to this...

    Not sure whether this posting belongs to this thread. I wanted to share my experiences about my first Town meeting:

    a. I was totally impressed with the entire process. The TM was good and his...
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    According to me, the bigger issue is not taxation...

    According to me, the bigger issue is not taxation and spending but balancing of budget. Some of my points are:

    a. US Federal spending is about 25% of GDP and in a generic Western European country;...
  24. Jeff, I completely agree that we should...

    Jeff,

    I completely agree that we should create a better mechanism to determine teacher effectiveness. Also the process of firing bad teachers should be less adversarial.

    Recently NY Times...
  25. In my opinion, the average salary went up because...

    In my opinion, the average salary went up because of layoffs of lower earning new staff members. As Jeff pointed out, "When staff is reduced, it's done in part by seniority per the contract" and...
  26. I agree that on the basis of the education, the...

    I agree that on the basis of the education, the public sector salaries are comparable or lower to private sector workers. However these studies also have to consider the following:

    a. Public...
  27. Family Income - Median House Value - Boston Magazine School Ranking - 2010 Tax Rate

    Hi Jeff,

    I liked your table and wanted to add more towns and data to it and see how it looks. I am attaching the excel spreadsheet as I am not sure how the text format will look.

    The output is...
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