Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Invest in public education

70% of districts plan to raise property tax and 80% of those will hit or exceed act one index.

41% of districts will reduce staffing. Over 33,000 jobs were lost over the past four years.

One quarter of all districts and 29% of the poorest districts will reduce or eliminate valuable programs.

Our public schools have fewer guidance counselors, nurses, librarians and teachers then they did four years ago. Music, art, physical education programs and after school opportunities for our children have been  vastly diminished. The digital divide between the poorest and wealthiest schools has grown even deeper when students are to take standardized tests by computer.

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