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Letter to the editor: Don’t punish the students

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Don’t punish the students

As a DCSD parent, I couldn’t disagree more with Dave Usechek’s letter printed in the April 19 edition.  Douglas County School District is experiencing a severe lack of funding. Some of that is due to poor decisions by previous leadership, but some of it is also due to unfunded mandates coming from the state and general rising costs of doing business.  While it doesn’t make sense to punish new leadership for old leadership’s bad decisions in the first place, even worse, is the fact that the only people truly being punished by a lack of funding are our students.

When we pay teachers so much less than comparable districts do, it makes it hard to attract and retain the best, and our students suffer. When we can’t afford enough teachers to reduce class sizes, our students suffer. When we can’t afford adequate books, supplies, up-to-date technology, needed repairs to our school buildings and buses, and longtime sewer issues cause an overbearing stench at one elementary school, our students suffer. Let’s not neglect the children of Douglas County any longer. For a small property tax increase, we can support our children and their schooling by supporting a bond and/or mill levy override.

Connie Davison

Highlands Ranch

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