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Letter to the Editor - from Courtney Wallin

Article Date: 
7 June, 2013 (All day)

Dear Editor:
As I have researched school district finance during the past few months, I have come to the decision to actively support the voted local levy. We have great students, parents and teachers in Morgan County who have made education a priority. Our CRT scores prove a high level of proficiency in language arts and science comparable to districts that are spending double per student annually. Some may argue that if we are meeting our basic educational goals and even beyond, why would we want to increase funding?
I am not willing to remain stagnant with the chance that our students’ progress may decline. I will take a progressive approach and support the levy so that our children can maintain a path of educational excellence to prepare them for adulthood.
As John F. Kennedy proclaimed, “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.”
Having been employed by several districts within Utah (including Morgan) and out-of-state, I have witnessed first-hand the conservative nature of the Morgan County School District. The limited financial resources are quite evident in the lack of educational services provided such as adequate professional development, low special education staff-to-student ratios, afterschool programs, on-staff psychologist, certified specialists, dual immersion, etc. 
I will place my trust in the school board because I’ve witnessed their prudent budgeting in the past. I will also hold the school board accountable with my money and with my children by attending the necessary meetings to advocate for my children. I will encourage the Morgan County School District to be progressive in their thinking and provide our community with high-quality education because I believe in the saying, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
Although we have turned a corner from a devastating economic recession, it will still take years for tax revenue to rebound and build in our county. It’s time to move on, take action and develop future plans to progress and ensure that our children receive the highest level of education possible.
Courtney Wallin