More funding for education, not less

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2006

I am writing in regards to the article dated March 22 "School budget cut and passed." The Juneau School District should be an example to the other cities of Alaska and therefore should have more funding. Cutting the numbers of teachers and larger classes is a bad idea and violates the No Child Left Behind Act.

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We are the capital of Alaska, and it should stay like this forever. In order to achieve this, our education should be our highest priority. I moved to Juneau with my children and I really would like to stay here so that they can have a better education.

"The teacher-to-student ratio does affect teacher and student interactions. If a teacher has a classroom of 30 students, he has less opportunity to individually instruct each student versus a teacher who has a class of even 20 students" (Amanda Roffe, University of Michigan). I agree with this theory, it really implies that a teacher's 1-to-1 interaction with a student is very effective toward reaching the higher learning standards of the United States of America.

We must realize that the student is the focus, instead of the teacher. The teacher will individually go over the material the children does not understand. If we have too many students in the classroom, the children will fail and the drop out rate will go up, because elementary education is the foundation of success in learning.

Alfredo Velazquez


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