To the editor:
In response to two letters in Wednesday's Journal regarding the referendum: One hundred percent of the referendum monies will be going to the children. The dollars spent on teachers and staff are not just to give raises, they are to hire back some of the many teachers we've had to let go the past few years.
This loss of teachers and staff has had at least two major impacts on our kids. It has meant fewer and fewer class options, culminating in this year's students being assigned classes they didn't want or register for, and large losses in the music and other programs because the dwindling class choices and six-hour day have made scheduling so tight there are simply no options.
The second effect of this loss of teachers and staff is class size. Yes, higher education class sizes can be larger, but those instructors are teaching the students who have paid to be there and have a vested interest in succeeding in those classrooms. They are independently driven and self motivated. Unfortunately, not all high school students fall into that group, and I certainly wouldn't expect it of our primary kids.
The role of public education is to teach all youth, regardless of ability or class rank. This requires individual attention, which cannot happen in classes of 25 to 35. Our children will begin falling through the cracks, and those cracks are widened by a school system like ours that is filled with dedicated, caring teachers, administrators and staff who simply can't do what we ask of them on the budget as it stands. Please support the referendum.