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on Measure 66
I went to school in a place and time when the kids and parents did not have to do any fundraising (auctions, theme dances, sales of Entertainment Books and gift wrap, etc., pleas for donations). We also did not have to buy any school supplies. Citizens paid for everything via their taxes. And we got a superb public school education.
People understood that, in a democracy, everyone contributed to the pot according to his or her ability, and everyone benefited with an educated and employed populace.
I was appalled when my own children started school, just as Measure 5 was going into effect. Already, we had to buy all of their school supplies at the beginning of the school year, with requests continuing throughout the year. Then we had to start pleading parents and neighbors to buy junk and to contribute to various other fundraisers, and on and on. It seems as if the parents and kids spend more time raising money than on education. When will the citizens of Oregon realize that everyone needs to chip in according to his or her means, that everyone benefits at some time or other. When people are educated, they are much less likely to be the ones hanging on street corners, collecting unemployment, or mugging someone because they can't get a job.
posted 3 years, 4 months ago
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