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Dollars and Sense: Series on education spending in the region starts Sunday

Beginning Sunday, The Free Lance-Star will present a three-day series looking at spending on education throughout the Fredericksburg region called “Dollars and Sense.”

The Free Lance-Star’s education reporting team gathered a decade worth of spending data for the 10 jurisdictions that make up the region including the city of Fredericksburg, the town of Colonial Beach, and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, Culpeper, Orange, Louisa and Westmoreland.

We focus on spending for instruction and administration. Below is a glimpse at what you can expect to find in the stories.

Sunday: Find out who is the biggest spender in the Fredericksburg region.

Monday: Learn how varying definitions of administration muddy the waters when divisions seek to streamline.

Tuesday: Read the debate between education experts about how to find the right balance for school spending.