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A local education board is debating putting forth a bond measure that would use taxpayer money to fund three new schools. Of the nine board members, three are solidly in favor of proposing the measure for the next election, two are strongly opposed, and the remaining members are undecided.

During the debate, one of the opposing members argues that there is ample evidence that the three schools are badly needed in the communities they are intended to serve. He acknowledges that one will replace an outdated structure, while the other two will relieve population pressures on other schools. However, he also concludes that the timing is not right to present these bonds, because there are several other complicated bonds that will be on the election ballot, and voters will merely be confused by the overwhelming information being thrown at them. Rather, he believes the board should focus more on improving instruction in the schools and spend less time arguing about financing.

Which of the following most effectively invalidates the board member's argument?


Neither the number of bond measures nor instruction is related to the issue being debated.


Improving classroom instruction is an effective method to alleviate large class size pressures.


Voters in the area are far more intelligent and informed than he is assuming.


The affected communities are politically active and are likely to vote for the measures anyway.


Bond measures tend to be popular among voters, so they may as well push for the funding.

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