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May 10, 2013
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Letter: Our Roseburg students deserve better

Our students deserve better

Over the last couple months I’ve heard every excuse imaginable. The federal government taking away our O&C dollars is why we can’t fund our schools. It’s the school board’s fault that our Roseburg schools are in this mess. This predicament was caused by an inept administration. It’s the state’s fault we don’t have enough money for our schools. It’s the teachers’ union’s fault we don’t have enough money for curriculum, computers/technology and building maintenance. It’s the parents’ lack of involvement that is to blame for our schools failures.

Which one do you believe? Maybe it’s all of them. In my humble opinion, everyone needs to take a share of the blame, but no matter whom we blame, our students are paying the price.

One thing is certain, it is not our students’ fault their schools don’t have updated curriculum, current computers/technology and proper maintenance. Yet they are the ones receiving the substandard education.

We can blame a lot of people for a deteriorating school system, and many times we may be right, but pointing fingers does not fix the problem. All it does is shift the blame to someone else and leave our children holding the bag.

Stop listing the excuses and start coming up with solutions. This bond levy ensures Roseburg money goes to Roseburg schools for very specific purposes. Let’s give our kids the curriculum, computers/technology and safe schools they deserve with a “yes” vote on the May 21 bond levy. After we have given our kids the tools they need to succeed, we can decide whether we want to keep pointing fingers, or work together to fix the problem.

Scott Allen


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