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PUYALLUP: We need to invest in our schools

Letter by Jennifer Fox, Puyallup on Jan. 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm with No Comments »
January 16, 2013 12:14 pm

I am writing in support of Puyallup School District’s upcoming bond on Feb. 12. In talking to friends and neighbors, it is clear that there is much confusion in regards to school funding. Stated simply, bonds are for building and levies are for learning.

While the state constitution indicates that it is the paramount duty of the state to make provisions for the education of students, nowhere does it indicate that the state is responsible for building schools. The upcoming bond measure does just that: build and update our schools.

As a community, we have an obligation to invest in our future by investing in our education system. It is our obligation to provide the necessary facilities to help ensure our children are able to optimize their potential.

As a homeowner, supporting this bond is a sound investment that I know will pay far greater dividends than the $12 per month it will cost my family. A strong school system will ensure that Puyallup will continue to flourish, help attract the best teachers, and help provide the best tools to educate our children and grandchildren.

I have no desire to wait on folks in Olympia or D.C. to help determine how to get this done. We have the unique opportunity to control our educational destiny, and I believe that our community should seize this opportunity. Please join me in voting yes for Puyallup on Feb. 12.

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