A pitch for 3E
September 26, 2011
As an educator and a parent with children at Crystal River Elementary School, I urge everyone to vote yes on 3E. Due to cuts required by the state of Colorado, our district funding has been cut by $5.1 million. If 3E passes, we can recover $4.8 million of these cuts.
Before taking time away from the classroom to care for my young children, I worked for two years as the math coach for Crystal River Elementary School. For many years prior to that I was as a fifth grade teacher also in the Re-1 District. Since my time in the classroom, funding pressures have increased and it has become more difficult for the District to fund coaching and mentoring positions within our local schools. After years of carefully nipping at the budget, trying to maintain teacher positions in order to keep class sizes small, Re-1 was forced to cut 15 teacher positions last year. As a result, teacher-student ratios have increased. In addition, classroom budgets for art teachers and other specialists have been greatly reduced. Next year will see this abysmal trend continue if we don’t vote yes on 3E.
We have thoughtful and skilled teachers in our schools. By passing 3E, we have the opportunity to demonstrate our collective support for these people. Teachers deserve salary increases and kids deserve to have small classes as well as funded art, music and PE programs. By passing 3E, we can ensure that class sizes stay manageable, that field trips continue to occur, that kids get PE, art and music, and that teachers get the salary increases that they deserve. By adopting 3E, we are showing teachers that we value them and the work that they do for our children every day.
Vote for our schools! Vote yes on 3E!
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