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Super asks adults to seek funding changes

6/13/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

As an advocate of public education, I believe that House Bill (HB) 59 does not address the needs of children and their future. As costs increase for health care, special needs children and required 21st century curriculum revisions, the [Ohio] Senate’s answer to our formidable challenge of preparing our students for the future is to provide additional funds for charter and voucher schools while cutting funds to the public schools.

[Ohio Supreme Court] Chief Justice Maureen O’Conner stated in a [recent Columbus newspaper] that the school funding system remains unconstitutional, as it has been since the Supreme Court issued its last of four rulings in 2002. Now we see the result of one legislative branch ignoring the mandate of another branch of government. This failure of democracy equates into an additional unconstitutional tax burden at the local level, a planned deterioration of the public schools and a blatant disregard of the voters and our democratic system. Citizens who believe that adults have a responsibility to provide a free and appropriate public education to children should contact their elected representatives to request a change in the public school funding system. HB 59 continues an unconstitutional practice.

Sam Reynolds, superintendent, Manchester Local Schools

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