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SCHOOLS: Is funding being wisely used?

Letter by Colin Guthrie, Puyallup on Feb. 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm with No Comments »
February 15, 2013 10:38 am

A letter writer (TNT, 2-15) complains that Puyallup residents did not support the bond issue. However, I routinely hear about how poorly the district is run by comments on various articles regarding schools, particularly when schools want more money. It begs the question: Are schools deserving of the funding they do get?

My answer to this (as a teacher) is: likely not. I notice several issues which must be addressed:

• Are students mastering the concepts being taught before moving on?

• Are parents allowed unrestricted access to schools and able to observe in order to see if they want their child to remain in that school?

• Is the district using existing funding wastefully in programs and planning?

I regularly see kids who have not mastered prerequisite concepts before moving on and also see administration not forthcoming in what they do in parental involvement and planning.

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