Letter to the editor: Don’t fail our students

Posted 10/24/18

Don’t fail our students I see some of our neighbors speaking against funding our schools, citing budgeting and teacher pay among other Issues. It’s important to take this time to address …

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Letter to the editor: Don’t fail our students

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Don’t fail our students

I see some of our neighbors speaking against funding our schools, citing budgeting and teacher pay among other Issues. It’s important to take this time to address concerns, which other community members have done extensively in these letters. It’s also important to ask ourselves, who do we want to be?

When the children of our community grow up and move on, how will they remember their education here? Will they speak with pride or of the crumbling buildings and leaky pipes? Will they be able to reminisce with younger siblings about a shared, memorable teacher or will the constant churning of instructors be what they recall? Will they remember a community that nurtured its youngest or one of indifference? 

We, as a community, have incredible power to shape our schools and build a future that protects our most vulnerable citizens, our children. We are at a decisive moment. It’s up to us, the voters, to determine the future for 68,000 students. A mistake will linger in their memories. 

“Generations do not cease to be born,” James Baldwin wrote, “and we are responsible to them…the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.” Our family will keep the faith. We will vote yes on 5A and 5B. We see the needs of this generation’s students and we can’t fail them.

We look to our neighbors with hope that they will do the same, that this is who we are.

Lena Brown

Unincorporated Douglas County

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