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Kids need your Yes vote on tax levy

October 23, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

Voting Yes for the ISD 88 referendum is a no-brainer as owner of Century 21 Koeckeritz Realty or any business owner in the District. A strong school and the community grows, economy gets stronger and businesses prosper.

Today, I write this as a parent that wants to see his two kids have all the advantages of most other high schoolers in the State of Minnesota. A Yes vote will restore class sizes back to manageable size. A Yes vote will give them Elective Courses to prepare for college and life beyond. A Yes vote will allow the District to implement new advances in technology for the classrooms. All of these things are what other school districts have in place. Let's give our children the same tools so when it is time to move on, they're not a step behind other kids from other districts.

I recently heard my 14-year-old and some of her friends talking about the referendum and the impact, in their eyes, what a failed referendum means. They see it as a lack of faith in their school and teachers and themselves. I question why 14-year-olds should be worried about this when they should be focused on an upcoming test or assignment.

Trying to keep this short so you will read the entire editorial, I could go on and on the advantages of a Yes vote. It will be good for the City of New Ulm, the children, our future and of course our school system. There will be some that vote no for one reason or another but don't look at Administration, School Board or anyone else local for this situation. In my honest opinion, you need to look at our politicians that have created this mess. "This mess" is evident by over 100 referendums last year and 40 this year in the State of Minnesota. School funding hasn't kept up with inflation and they have delayed payments to schools causing cash flow problems. As a whole they have other "interests" rather than making education a priority. They should visit a kindergarten class and see how crowded it is, yet the kids still manage to work together on projects. Take that back to St. Paul and apply that to your profession. Vote Yes on Nov. 6!

Jeff Dittrich

New Ulm



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