Tonawanda News

Letters to the Editor

March 12, 2014

LETTER: Failing schools a problem for all of us


Tonawanda News — So where is our money? Have we looked at the wealthy school districts? Not Clarence, they’re not wealthy. Let’s look at Rye, in downstate New York, where their common wealth ratio is 16 times greater than any of us here in Western New York. Why are they receiving double, even triple times the amount of state aid per student than us? No one there is on free and reduced lunch, yet they have no deficit issues. Why do we pay taxes but General Electric doesn’t? Why do new businesses coming to Western New York not have to pay taxes for the next 10 years? Those taxes would replace the tattered books that have pages falling out, or pay for a reading recovery program or a summer school program to help children <\Iz12f”sans-serif”>before they fail. 

We should be outraged. If we, in Western New York have no exceptional education to offer who will move here? Who will stay? Who will buy our homes? The state of education is a problem for all of us, whether we have children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews. The quality of our schools has a direct impact to our financial worth and well being — in short, our futures. We together need to make Western New York — the United States — what it should be, a great democracy where all children are entitled to an equal education.

Annemarie Gibson


Text Only
Letters to the Editor
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
NDN Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands