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Easthampton deserves strong school system

To the editor:

Thanks to my public school education, I learned that the main purpose of government is the difficult task of allocating limited funds to meet areas of community need. As a baby boomer (sigh) looking back on my years in school, I can see that those days of public education were the “crest of the wave.” My school system provided well-rounded opportunities not only in basic education but in performing and visual arts, in Advanced Placement classes, in foreign languages and in vocational training.

Our parents, survivors of the Great Depression, World War II and the Korean Conflict, managed to support these strong public schools with their tax dollars.

Our schools are now forced to compete with each other for funding based on these same test results. Our public schools have been forced to do much more with less.

Teachers and staff in the Easthampton School System have risen to meet the challenges of today’s world. I invite my neighbors to find out what is happening in our amazing schools. Teachers recognize that we have different ways of learning and strive to find ways that work for each child. They teach critical thinking to help our kids to apply material they learn. Skills such as note-taking and algebra are now being taught in the fifth grade.

While our Easthampton teachers and staff have managed with budget cuts and increased demands in the past, the current budget must, sadly, include additional staff cuts.

I ask that the voters of Easthampton support the current budget override request on the polls on Tuesday. Easthampton deserves a strong school system.

Jean Hobbie

Easthampton

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