To the editor:
Citizens of the USA have the right to a free public education in grades K-12. They also have the option to choose an alternate private school at their own cost. But all citizens have the obligation to pay for the free public education. It is part of being a good citizen.
Usually this cost is met through grants from the state or from local property tax. When the state doesn't pay their share the local property tax has to take on the burden.
New Ulm public schools have cut costs to the point where the quality of education that they can now provide is less than what any citizen should be able to expect. The state has not paid their share. I think that is criminal, but we have little power to change that. We have to take care of this on our own, both public school parents and private school parents and the retired folks on a fixed income. We all benefit.
It is critical to vote YES on the referendum.