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Re: Funding for schools
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Melissa Enderle
Wed, 29 Jan 97 22:38:06 -0000
Numo, you wrote
>What about spending more money in the schools that have greater economic
>need. Spend huge amounts of money there. Give those children and their
>families a a place that can be a center point for community and social
>change. Give them the tools and resources to make that change.
I teach at a poor urban school in Milwaukee. New to the district this
year, I was suprised to hear of the inequities of funding, even in the
district at identical grade levels. I know that money isn't everything,
but it is vital to school. Children who come from poor neighborhoods are
deprived in many ways. They don't have the books at home, a computer,
cultural experiences, one-on-one time with parent(s) and aren't in an
environment condusive to learning. No wonder the students come to
school behind children from more financially sound areas. Yes, I think
that we need to at least bring the level of funding to an equal. Perhaps
for the economically needy students, we may need to spend a little more
money for extra assistance to get them to the level of their more wealthy
peers. With proper funneling and usage of the money, the students could
rise and succeed.
I know that there are many intelligent poor students. Lack of finances,
whether at home or at school should not interfere with this. Don't take
the money away from public schools, especially those which serve the
poor. These students are our future.