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Letter: Why school financing should be our priority

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 11:36 am | Updated: 8:54 am, Thu Feb 21, 2013.

Our higher education system is acknowledged as the best in the world, Yet, our primary and secondary educational system is currently failing our children. While we are scorned yet admired as the most powerful country in the world, other countries are also laughing at us for continuing to deliver such an inapt system of education.

As a culture:

We spend our dollars on fancy-model cars.

We contribute our hard earned money to elect our politicians.

We gamble away (legally and illegally) our savings in the hopes of striking it rich at casinos and sports-betting houses.

We consume drugs and alcohol in incredible volumes.

We are enticed to buy unnecessary products by companies who spend a large portion of their profits to persuade us to buy those products.

We support a sports entertainment industry that glorifies filthy rich athletes as role models for our children.

Where have we gone wrong?

Why then are so many state legislators, including Arizona’s, willing to slash our school budgets and deny a quality education for our children?

We must stop blaming our teachers for the outcomes of a system which they must endure. Our teachers are the most dedicated segment of our labor force. They strive every day to reach our children in spite of the many challenges faced when dealing with many children from unstable family environments. Many spend for supplies and materials out- of-pocket in order to effectively manage their classrooms.

Yet, comparatively, they receive meager compensation for their efforts and educational level.

Our governor, state legislators, school administrators, and all parents should get behind our teachers and their programs and efforts. We must provide sufficient financial support and redirect our wasteful spending.

I humbly submit to you a quote from one of our greatest leaders. A president who led us through the great Depression and WW II and who had the vision and resolve to establish a series of programs and reforms known as The New Deal. Franklin D. Roosevelt, our 32th president stated: “The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.”

Sal Gomez


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