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Student decries school budget cuts

To the editor:

I am writing in response to an article from the Jan. 9 paper about the Amherst Regional school budget cuts. I’ve been a student at Amherst Regional High School for about three years now and the declining budget is a major issue. In reality, this article cannot be seen as true or false yet because none of us will really know the budget until early July. Even when Gov. Deval Patrick announces his proposal for the state budget Jan. 25, things will still be tossed around as new proposals and budgets are being created. Either way, anything that is close to $1 million budget cut for our school system is outrageous.

Although it’s not set in stone, if this budget cut does take place and teachers are laid off with an increase in class sizes, many students as well as parents will be affected. One of them is my sister. How will cutting the number of teachers we have help us in any way? Yes, it will save us money now not having to replace teachers who are retiring, but what about students’ needs?

We need smaller classes, not teachers being laid off. We need more money, not budget cuts. So the real question that needs to be asked when figuring our school’s budget for the next fiscal year should be how we can raise money, not where we can cut it. Now I know that isn’t as easy as it sounds, but there are ways we could try to do it. An even though most of us are still under the age of 18 and cannot vote yet, when we do finally turn 18 we will be voting to raise our school budget, not decrease it.

Ambyr Braxton

Amherst

"...when we do finally turn 18 we will be voting to raise our school budget, not decrease it." You may think differently once you are working and paying taxes. The financial demands of our educational bureaucracy is akin to a giant maw that will never be filled. I would like to retire after working for 40 years, but if my taxes keep going up I will have to work until I die. I'm tired. And someday, you will be, too.

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