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TACOMA: Closures necessary; get over it

Letter by Judith Schwartz, Tacoma on May 6, 2011 at 9:37 am with 8 Comments »
May 6, 2011 11:05 am

Re: “McKinley boosters plead case” (TNT, 5-6).

By all appearances, the Tacoma School District cannot sustain the current level of spending in the second half of 2011 and beyond. Leadership of Tacoma schools have been responsible and brought forward multiple solutions to a difficult situation.

We don’t have the money to support our current system; cuts must be made. When you don’t have enough money in your personal life, you eliminate things, right? Instead of focusing on how they can move forward in a way that holds on to the values they want to retain for their children (albeit a different setting), parents are spending all of their energy making posters, having rallies and making lots of noise. That sense of entitlement is frankly wearing me out.

There is no easy solution, and there will be disappointments. Get over it, folks, and move forward in support of our leaders, teachers and students.

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  1. Why are the majority of proposed school closures in low income neighborhoods?

  2. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Olemag – for the same reason you can only repave roads in the North End of Tacoma.

  3. royboy361 says:

    With both sides of town separated by “Haveandhavenot Ave.”

  4. sue1234 says:

    hey I live in the north end and the roads are paved but also spotted with a million pot holes.
    What is this crap about entitlements? School is an entitlement? I was raised by my parents that being an American meant we take care of our citizens. That was a core American value taught me. Then came Reagan and all his lies about ‘entitlements’. Reagan made women, people of color, the eldery,children, the ill and the mentall ill ENEMIES OF THE STATE. Im sick and tired of you greedy selfish anti americans who think taking care of our citizens is an entitlement you dont want to pay. Why don’t you sick anti americans move to IRAN… perhaps that ideology best fits your mental disorders.

  5. Beautifully stated sue1234!

  6. cclngthr says:

    sue1234,
    School is compulsory, and technically required for all. however, school is not always considered an entitlement. Kids are not always entitled to an education. It is more of a privilege to attend school.

  7. cclngthr says:

    When people see education as an entitlement, they don’t care about that education. Education as a privilege requires people to take education seriously.

    With some forms of education, there are additional requirements. SPED students are entitled to those services within that privileged area. Students technically don’t have to be educated in the school system. Parents have the option to do it themselves.

  8. A321196 says:

    Frankly, I think many are missing the point. Closing a neighborhood school is not necessarily a big deal. My neighborhood school use to be Fern Hill Elementary. Now it is Stafford Elementary. It is still part of the neighborhood. Larchmont Elementary School is also one of my neighborhood schools. Just because the school is no longer across the street from one’s house or apartment does not mean there is no neighborhood school. It does not mean the closure of the school results in your child being bussed to Northeast Tacoma or the North End if you live in South Tacoma.

    The real issue is “Why weren’t these schools closed years ago?” The answer is easy. It is easier to continue to spend or waste taxpayer funds rather than incur the wrath of the citizens while trying to save dollars spent on underutilized schools. Even in the best of times there is no reason to waste dollars that may be spent more wisely in the educational process.

    Read the other articles in the newspaper concerning how citizens do NOT want to support K-12 or higher education through taxes. Look at the increasing enrollment of out of state and international students at the four year universities. Look at the increasing obligations of the students for tuition which effectively bars them from getting a higher education. or requires them to go deeply in debt.

    The citizens have voted. It is more important to buy that latte or a bigger SUV than insuring a child’s education or keeping libraries open. Fifty-one percent of the voters have spoken. There is a difference between funding programs efficiently and effectively and wasting money. Your neighbors have spoken: They do not care about anything but themselves.

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