May 31, 2013

Options program is money well spent

The Gresham High School Options program has provided, and is providing, a wonderful opportunity for its students, by allowing those who are at risk of dropping out the chance to receive a diploma.

State funding is there if the students attends class. I believe the cost of this program probably overrides the loss of state funding by dropouts.

Many of the “would-be” dropouts have become contributing citizens in the community.

Linda Hall, Clackamas

Proposed legislation offers hope

The Legislature is wrestling with matters that promise to be of major consequence to our children. Basically, we must provide a level of school financing that keeps further cuts from crowding even more children into classrooms.

Class sizes already have grown too large, and this should not be tolerated. This is unfair to our children. Even indecent.

Gov. Kitzhaber has proposed a budget as formulated by both Democrats and Republicans. Though this includes some necessary compromises not entirely satisfactory to either party, it is sufficient to hold the fort in school funding for this next year.

The current spending plan would mean approximately $3 million to $4 million more for Gresham schools, somewhat more for Reynolds schools and approximately $3 million for Centennial schools, with approximately $100,000 more for Corbett schools and $1,000 or so more for charter schools.

This spending plan gives the Oregon Supreme Court the opportunity to decide on matters related to reform of the Public Employees Retirement System. The current proposed legislation (and some that has passed) will (if approved by the court) make major headway on PERS reform and help stabilize overall budgetary matters.

Dick McQueen, Brightwood

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