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April 11, 2013
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Letter: Stand firm for education, children and the future

Stand firm for education

I have been involved in public education my entire life; first as a student, then as a middle school teacher and now as a parent. I have never been so inspired as I am by being a part of the recent grassroots movement to support education for Roseburg kids. I feel the word “public” in public education is taken for granted and neglected these days. There’s often little interest in school board elections and school board meetings are poorly attended.

However, there recently has been a dramatic shift in Roseburg’s attitude toward public education. What started as a community reaction to the announcement of school closure has swelled into a community-wide movement to support all of Roseburg’s public schools.

The organization leading this movement is Firm Ground. It has an active social media presence that makes it simple to find out how to support Roseburg Schools, including how to support the upcoming school bond levy to update curriculum, upgrade technology, and provide necessary maintenance for all schools in the district. Its participants reflect a wide range of Roseburg interests. There are parents, grandparents, teachers, board members, business owners and others who believe that a strong educational system will benefit everyone in our community.

We, as the community, have an obligation to support public education, while at the same time, holding the school district accountable. That is precisely what Firm Ground is doing. I want to be part of the solution and I hope you do, too. I urge you to educate yourself about how your support can help every child, every school, and every future. With confidence, I also urge you to vote “yes” on Measure 10-129 to support Roseburg schools.

Tasha Stevens Garcia


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