Tonawanda News

Opinion

March 12, 2014

LETTER: Failing schools a problem for all of us

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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

Tonawanda

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