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Children are our greatest asset

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I understand our Legislature believes that Alaska classroom sizes should be smaller to provide quality education for our children.

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This is very true. While volunteering in my daughters' classrooms in Juneau, I see the effect of overcrowding. Some children don't have enough space to work, and the teachers are unable to provide enough quality one-on-one time with kids. Instead, teachers end up spending too much time "managing" the classroom.

While the Legislature contemplates the future of Alaska in terms of gas pipelines and other important issues, I urge them to remember our greatest assets are our children. A quality education is essential for children to grow up and be extraordinary Alaska residents.

Full funding is vital to ensure a quality education system.

Michelle Kaelke

Juneau



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