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EDUCATION: Don’t cut already underfunded programs

Letter by Boyd O. Brathwaite, Tacoma on March 10, 2011 at 11:39 am | 15 Comments »
March 10, 2011 11:39 am

Dropout rates are soaring, test scores are falling at college level, and more young people are dismissing their education goals without the tools necessary to become vital contributing citizens or the ability to participate in the global economy.

The reason: cuts to our educational programs.

Education funding is essential to our students, and our country. Education is important to the future of our country and to our future generations. Our pre-eminence on the world stage is at stake.

Yes, billions of dollars were spent on improving education with little appreciable return on that endowment, but insufficient funding will enact any changes. Reductions in school funding will only guarantee further declines in our education in America.

Our programs are already underfunded; we need to preserve the funding we have now, not cut it. Shall we rob Peter and give to Paul?

Most Americans would be willing to pay higher taxes for something as important as our children’s educations. The citizens of this country valve their future, and they value their children future as well.

Cuts to education may solve a short-term budget crisis, but that will not save our nation’s prosperity. Education is our American Dream. Let’s not occlude our next generation, but let democracy flourish.

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