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Education funding cuts continue to hurt children’s futures


To the Editor:

I'm concerned, what more can we ake away from our kids? Schools have to meet the new curriculum, now the state is looking to cut $218 per student. There is talk about eliminating music, art, and other electives. Not all kids fit in a box—reading writing and arithmetic are not every child's strong suit. Not every child will go to college. Not every child will graduate, but every child deserves a chance to learn to find a niche, whether it be art, or in music, cooking, computers, or physical education.

When you are a parent you tell your child they can do anything, become a doctor, lawyer, nurse, anything they so choose. Yet on the other hand we have the state dictating and putting limits on our children's education. It used to be schools offered numerous learning opportunities for kids, well each year an opportunity for a kids is getting cut. Soon there will nothing left but math, social studies, English, and science. These are great stepping stones for kids, but is it fair if it is all we offer? What happened to "you can be anything you want to be."

Lawmakers need to get out from behind the desk and step into a classroom to see what is going on in schools. Class sizes are increasing, while school budgets are shrinking. They need to look at how all these cuts affect our kids. What looks good on paper does not always work when people are involved.

Money needs to stay in our schools. We need to give all kids a chance to succeed whether they be college bound, trade school bound, or just a kid being bound for something different. Call your representative. Speak up for our kids.

Renia Pierog, Almont
October 07, 2009

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