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April 16, 2013
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Letter: Our children deserve better educational opportunities

Our children deserve better

As a kindergarten teacher in the Roseburg School District, this is what I know: our kids deserve better. The children from kindergarten through 12th grade deserve to be in a solid and safe building. They deserve computers that function up to today’s standards and to be instructed with a curriculum that was developed in this decade.

I also know that our community has stepped forward and put a bond levy on our May ballot that could give our kids what they rightly deserve; a safe building, new computers, and curriculum materials they can thrive on.

I am making the conscious choice to support this levy and to quit making the excuse that our district can’t be trusted with the money. The fact is, district officials have tried to come up with the money. They have cut teaching positions, aid positions, principals, librarians, music teachers, cooks, secretaries, materials, etc. and there still aren’t the funds. Another fact: Even if they close a school, there will not be enough funds to give our kids what they deserve, but this levy will!

So, we as a community have a choice. We can continue to blame the district for misspending our dollars, or we can have a say in how it’s spent. We can support a levy that supports our kids. This levy isn’t giving teachers more money and it’s not padding the administration’s pocketbook. It is simply giving the kids what they deserve.

The levy will cost the average home owner somewhere between a Starbuck’s latte and a fast food combo meal a month. The kids aren’t asking for much, so let’s give them what they deserve. Join me in voting “yes” on our May ballots.

Tatum Stedman


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