State’S Budget Woes Shouldn’T Be Put On The Backs Of Students, Teachers And Schools

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Editor:

Not in the George Orwell sense, but “Big Brother” will be watching intently the right-winged ideological legislature and our newly ascended (not elected) governor as they grapple with our state’s budget deficit.

If the funding for K-12 public education is emasculated, many independent voters like myself will hold the current political party in power accountable come both November 2009 and 2010.

People who have benefited from our public schools, community colleges and universities will not remain silent as these institutions are stripped of their capabilities to help educate our next generation of doctors, teachers, engineers, lawyers, nurses, programmers, etc.

A scalpel, not an ax, should be used to reduce state funding to education in our state.

Educators and independent voters and thinkers will be keenly watching our legislature and governor. We believe in education, we believe in students and teachers, and the “decision makers” better believe that we vote!

If Senator Pearce (R-Mesa) and House member Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) are determined to balance the state’s budget woes on the backs of our students, teachers and schools, perhaps they should be recalled.

Richard K. Meszar, ED.D.

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