Reader's view: Invest in Duluth’s future, vote ‘yes’Vote “yes” to both school levy questions in Duluth Nov. 5 even if you have no children, even if you disagreed with past school plans and even if you usually reject tax increases.
By: Mary Pat Renaud, Duluth News Tribune
Vote “yes” to both school levy questions in Duluth Nov. 5 even if you have no children, even if you disagreed with past school plans and even if you usually reject tax increases.
I recently moved to Duluth, and I have been listening with great interest to all the discussions regarding the upcoming school bonding issues. As a former teacher and school volunteer in Duluth, I know the difference reasonably sized classes and the availability of materials and support can make in educational outcomes.
Education is very much like other infrastructure that has to be maintained and improved over time. Good schools with reasonable class sizes and innovative curriculum create better results.
Duluth is on an economic roll, but the dismal statistics of class size and current overall academic achievement will not help entice new young families or new businesses to the area. We need well-educated residents who want to stay in the area.
In the 1970s I lived in California and was witness to the results of severe cuts in schools. They decimated many programs, including the arts in the lower grades, and were just starting to realize the outcomes. Only the wealthy elite knew how to play instruments or sing or act. The fact is that children with broader experiences are more engaged in learning and are more likely to succeed academically.
I believe voters in Duluth know our children deserve the advantages a good education can provide. Let’s not be shocked in five or 10 years when the results of more cuts are realized. Everyone will be wringing their hands, looking for someone to blame for poor results. Look in the mirror and decide to vote “yes” now. It is an investment you can be proud of.
Mary Pat Renaud