2011.03.23 Sally Kruger: Education funding

Written by David Green.

The education of our children should be viewed by all as a moral obligation.  Keeping our children intellectually prepared to compete with the rest of the world is one way our country will sustain itself. We are all aware of the challenges faced by state government, but short term solutions like those recently proposed will not correct the problem when it is suggested that money be funneled from education into the pockets of corporations.

Something just doesn’t seem right about Governor Snyder’s emergency financial management plan. He is threatening to take away a community’s control over the education of their children.

I have worked for Morenci Area Schools for 33 years and as a member of the community myself, I have watched as school board members have been elected and diligently scrimped and saved to keep the school district in the black.  The cuts Governor Snyder has proposed for education will push Morenci over the edge into financial chaos and turn our children’s lives over to some “manager” without a vested interest in their futures.

This is wrong and I urge you to stand up for education and the people who truly make the system work—Teachers, Support Staff, Administration and School Board Members who give their time and efforts for our students.  All these players recognize the difficult times we face, and if allowed to, they will work together through negotiations and budget cutting to make education work.

The hand of government is needed as a prop to support the efforts of communities, not as the crushing blow that will devastate one of the core elements of a community’s identity.  Please let your representatives know that your community wants the state to SUPPORT education not CUT it.

– Sally Kruger

232 Gorham St., Morenci

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
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  • Face Paint
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