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April 2, 2013
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Letter: Support the Douglas County education bond levy

Support local education bond

Our students don’t have books! Is this troubling to anyone else? Our children are attending schools that have curriculum more than five years old or worse, nonexistent. This should be unacceptable to every Roseburg resident.

Our students don’t have computers. In today’s world computer knowledge is crucial. The computers in our classrooms are so old they cannot be used to take state-mandated tests. The technology is so antiquated it cannot be used to access today’s best teaching tools.

Our students are attending schools that need more than $10 million in critical/urgent maintenance. We aren’t talking about cosmetic fixes like paint; this means heating systems, fire safety systems, and the roof that protects them.

The purpose of the public school system is to prepare our children for the future. It benefits everyone in our society, not just the students and parents. Curriculum, technology and building maintenance are essential to our children’s education.

We can point fingers at the school board, the administration or budget issues due to the recession. Right or wrong, we are all entitled to our opinion. The fact remains: Your children are attending schools without current curriculum, adequate computers, technology and major maintenance. How can we expect our children to succeed if we are not giving them the tools necessary to achieve that success?

It’s time to give our kids the opportunities we were given. It is our obligation. I urge you to vote “yes” on the May 21 bond levy. For only $5 per month you can bet I won’t tell our kids “no.”

Kendra Allen

Roseburg


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