Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Keep our kidsí teachers

Sitting through testimony from administrators, parents, teachers and students at the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee public hearing on education reform gave me a clear outlook on how people feel about increasing class size and reducing the workforce. There was a lot of comment about how teachers are already cut thin and how administrators are looking for ways to save money and how most districts in our state have lost programs such as art and music because of last year's budget cuts.

It surprised me to find that Mr. Luna wants to give every ninth-grade student a laptop, but there's no mention of who will be responsible for it if it's lost or broken, and I can tell you from experience that I have never received something for my child from a school district where there were no strings attached. Let's face it—nothing is free, and if you think for one minute that increasing class size and cutting teachers is the solution, then ask yourself this: Where would you be today had that one teacher not been there to give you the courage to say "yes I can."

So please, if you value your child's education, I encourage you to read the education reform. You can view it at the state education website under Students Come First.

Doug Shiner


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