We just received a letter to the editor from the Tacoma Branch of the NAACP expressing opposition to the March 10 Tacoma school bond measure.
According to the letter from branch president Gregory Christopher:
I am writing divulging the Tacoma Branch NAACP opposition to the Tacoma School #10 Proposition No. 1. This proposition calling for $300 million in general obligation bonds will soon come to a vote in the Tacoma area. For the past 25 years, we in the NAACP Tacoma Branch have been working through various committees and have been challenged by each one in an effort to improve what takes place inside the school house.
The quality of education by all accounts has declined over the years, and we believe this is where our investment now needs to focus.
The purpose of this proposition is to modernize the physical plant in this district. It proposes to continue the pattern of investment started in 2001, continued in 2002 and 2006. While the quality of facility is important, when we have invested almost three quarters of a billion dollars in the facade of education and witnessed a steady decline in the quality of education received by our children, We think it is time to change.
We think that this is an important proposition. It will consume resources the community may not be able to gather again for quite some time. The consequence in our view is a lost opportunity to focus on the real mission and priority of public education.
The facade of education in our humble opinion while deserving of appropriate attention is blotting out the sun of knowledge and leaving our children short changed. We urge the community in Tacoma School # 10 for the sake of our children, yours and ours, let’s go back to the trestle board and invest in the education of our children.