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3E is all academic

Dear Editor:

Strong public school education has for generations been a foundation of the strength of our nation, preparing our youth to prosper as world challenges present themselves.

Effective education needs excellent, committed teachers, teachers who are themselves enabled to improve their effectiveness by learning from their own experience. Schools need principals who can discover and motivate those teachers. Committed teachers need adequate pay and time outside the classroom to develop their teaching practices.

Current budgets do not satisfy needs found by educators and district boards. Limitations imposed by Colorado’s Constitution in times of prosperity have imposed limitations that have become devastating in these sad economic times. Despite conscientious cutting and innovative restructuring, educators are no longer able to preserve the quality of public school education for coming years. Programs are being eliminated. Nationally, we are falling behind other countries in many important criteria. Because of once-wise-appearing constitutional limitations, these deficits are particularly damaging in Colorado.

I hope all my neighbors will vote yes on proposal 3E on the ballot Nov. 1.

Reduced property assessments and levy adjustments mean that, compared to prior years, tax costs of this measure to property owners likely will not be noticeable. Without it, program deficiencies will compound annually. All of us will be the losers.

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Please vote yes on 3E.

Dick Hart

Carbondale