In a March 6 story about the Beaufort County Council retreat, Councilman Bill McBride is quoted as saying, "I'm a firm believer that school boards and law enforcement never have enough money to do what they need to do."
Insofar as his statement concerns school boards, McBride's belief is contrary to some rather interesting facts set out by Bill Gates, co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in a column the newspaper published March 1.
Among other things, Gates writes that over the past four decades the per-student cost of running our K-12 schools has more than doubled, while our student achievement has remained virtually flat. Compared with other countries, he says, America has spent more and achieved less.
Of course, Gates could be wrong, but I tend to believe what he says. Hopefully, the other council members will believe Gates and act responsibly when considering the school board's request for money.
Warren Jungk Bluffton