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SCHOOLS: Don’t fail our kids, voters

Letter by Rick Oldenburg, Gig Harbor on Jan. 24, 2012 at 11:37 am | 10 Comments »
January 24, 2012 1:23 pm

Our education system, including Peninsula schools, is living with the pain of belts so tight they may soon cut off circulation.

State cuts to education, rising fixed costs and the languishing economy have added to the woes of our school district. In the last four years, the Peninsula superintendent and school board have cut more than $14 million; teachers, staff and administrators have taken pay cuts for this year and next.

Now it is our turn. Education is the greatest gift each of us received from our society, and it is up to us to provide the same for our children and those of our citizenry.

It really isn’t a choice, you know. We either educate our children now or we end up paying a lot more later for having failed our kids in their early years.

This levy is simply a replacement for the current one. If passed, the district can keep schools open with classes at a reasonable size. If it fails, the district will take an even bigger $18 million hit, and instead of belt-tightening, it will be a tourniquet for our educators.

If we don’t do everything we can to educate today’s young people, then we live with the results – and have no one to blame but ourselves.

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