Community Talks About Future Of Public Education

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Parents and teachers came out to discuss what public education should look like, all of this in the midst of budget cuts.

"There's a lot that this school district does that people see as good and the board has a really hard job ahead of them to try and find what they're going to cut," said David Kidd, parent.

The auditorium filled up with community members and school staff. All of them wanted to share their opinion on what should and should not be cut out of the public school system.

"There's a huge music population in town that we're trying to tap into with support. Often times, music is one of the first things to get cut," said Jessica Amir-Foote, teacher. "It's unfortunate because of all the good things it does provide."

With more budget cut announcements expected this month, teachers came out to share their opinion.

"Staff and kids and lots of folks are fearful of this. It seems sometimes to us that legislators are kind of running amuck in this bubble of what a reality of educating kids is," said Mary Smith, teacher.

Dozens of break out rooms gave every person a chance to give feedback in the process. This was part of a statewide initiative to hear what's critical to the future of public schools in Kansas.

"It's encouraging to see that there are a lot of people that really do value their public education systems," said Amir-Foote.

A report on the discussion will be given to the Board of Education on April 25.

If you want to join the discussion, you can give feedback until Thursday at 5 p.m, by clicking here.


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