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Education cuts looming

Dear Editor:

In these times, it’s difficult to take the long view. I am asking our community to do just that. Consider the following:

1. Gov. Ritter’s 2010 budget (proposed) will cut $260 million from K-12 funding for the 2010-11 school year. That’s more than a 6 percent cut. Recent conversations with district administrators indicate that final cuts will be closer to 10 percent. A “pull back” of $95 million (funds originally promised but on the block to be rescinded by the state Legislature) in January will only make matters worse.

2. Our way out of our current messes – financial, social and environmental – begins with a deeper resolve and intensified commitment to education. We need to graduate more engineers and scientists and critical thinkers to capitalize on the “green revolution,” to tackle social policy, and figure out better, stronger fiscal solutions. Our way out begins with education.

Our community can strengthen our schools by supporting them financially. Dig deep and give generously to the public schools – designed to provide opportunities to all students – this holiday season. You can begin at the Aspen Education Foundation: http://www.aspenaef.org.

Michele Lueck

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