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February 7, 2009

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To the editor:

In times of economic difficulty, the easiest targets are always the public schools, the less well-off and the powerless. I feel compelled to respond to Ralph Gagnon’s letter of Feb. 4.

First, I commend the Lawrence public schools for their strong fiscal responsibility during the tenure of Superintendent Weseman. He and the school board have drastically cut administrative positions, instituted fees for regular school classes and activities, cut bus service, cut programs, closed schools and more. There is little, if any, fat left in the Lawrence public schools.

At the same time, teachers and staff continue to provide an excellent education to their many diverse students with wide-ranging needs.

Rather than cutting education, what about working together to find answers that don’t punish one entity more than another? What about a bipartisan solution? What if state legislators provided tax cuts in prosperous years, and reinstated those taxes in lean years? What about consolidating small school districts in western Kansas, since they’re the most expensive users of public education? Despite a Kansas Supreme Court ruling, the state legislature is determined to slash public education with no thought to the consequences.

I strongly support all USD 497 employees who work incredibly hard for students, and I thank them for all they do on behalf of the young people of this community. Please ask legislators across the state to fully support public education in creative ways that will bring people and politics together. It’s the right thing to do.

Julie Jasperson,
Lawrence

Comments

TheResignation00 5 years, 2 months ago

"I support none of them. They are money pits, draining the resources of hard working Americans."

HA!

Yeah, because what America needs a bunch of boneheads who can't do Algebra to build our houses.

Why don't you invent a robot to teach everyone for FREEEEEE?!

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commuter 5 years, 2 months ago

Julie- It is too bad you don't know the what has happended during the WESEALMAN regime. Admin has increased. He hired the former super. so principals can have someone to talk to about their concerns.Great Job Mr WEASELMAN. Don't let the door hit you were the good lord spl,it you and your significant other, former secretary Dr. Karen.

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notajayhawk 5 years, 2 months ago

edjayhawk (Anonymous) says… "The letter is excellent. I'll leave it up to the professionals and not you bozos on this message board."Which 'professionals,' ed? The LTE writer? The legislature?

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Lynn731 5 years, 2 months ago

I support none of them. They are money pits, draining the resources of hard working Americans. Thank you, Lynn

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edjayhawk 5 years, 2 months ago

The letter is excellent. I'll leave it up to the professionals and not you bozos on this message board.

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notajayhawk 5 years, 2 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says… "Then what's the big deal about vouchers? If money is irrelevant to the education process, private schools should just be free for everyone, right?"I completely agree. The state should pay for the private schools, too. Gee, I never realized you were such an ardent advocate for voucher programs, bozo.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

"Studies have shown there is no correlation between school spending and objective measures of performance such as test scores."Then what's the big deal about vouchers? If money is irrelevant to the education process, private schools should just be free for everyone, right?

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notajayhawk 5 years, 2 months ago

Absolutely correct, Liberty. Studies have shown there is no correlation between school spending and objective measures of performance such as test scores. *******>>> What if state legislators provided tax cuts in prosperous years, and reinstated those taxes in lean years?Well, let's see - reinstating taxes in "lean years" is:1) Pointless; during the "lean years" there's nothing to tax. People aren't spending money so increasing the sales tax doesn't bring in much more money, property values are down so increased property taxes don't help, etc.2) Counterproductive; raising taxes will only prolong those "lean years.">>> What about consolidating small school districts in western Kansas, since they’re the most expensive users of public education?Gee, I dunno', why not? Maybe because the people in Lower Snowshoe would rather have control over their own children's education rather than surrendering control to nearby (and larger) Upper Snowshoe? You want efficiency by combining school districts? Fine. How about if we consolidate Lawrence into the Topeka school system? Or Kansas City's?What happens when those newly consolidated school districts decide to consolidate the schools themselves as the population dwindles? I'm sure you wouldn't mind having your own children having to ride a school bus 2 or 3 hours each way, or having to drive that same distance to pick them up when they're sick, meet with their teachers, or watch their basketball games and school plays?You want a solution? Fine. How about if we find a way to give our kids a better education instead of a more expensive one?

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Liberty_One 5 years, 2 months ago

Expensive education does not equal good education.

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