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Support local public schools

August 14, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

I just read your front page article, "Public outcry for teacher in Ontonagon." What a shame. My heart goes out to all involved as there obviously is no bad guy in this mix.

Money to adequately run our schools is a huge problem. There are some who would like to see our public schools fail so the way could be paved for privatization of our public school system. For the life of me, I can't see how anyone could think that allowing a private owner to pay him/herself first and pay the salaries of the teachers and buy supplies for the students with what was left could provide this country's youth with a better education than the system we now have.

I don't mind my tax dollars paying for necessary student materials and adequate teacher salaries, but I very much mind the idea of my tax dollars seeing the students shortchanged, the best teachers choosing better paying careers and charter school owners padding their own pockets.

Our local public schools are good, but are losing ground with budget cuts. Some public schools in our state and others do need a change for the better. Let's work at finding the best way to do that. All schools should try to keep pace with the educational needs of the times. Maybe it's through tracking students and offering trade schools along with the college bound tracks, as done in many other countries; but let's not throw up our hands and throw everything out, believing a horde of private heroes will come along and save our children.

I support my local public schools and encourage my elected officials, and you, to do the same.

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