by Zeke Corder
Schools are unworthy of support? Really Kuna? Funding for schools is a basic need for all citizens. An informed and educated public is one of our most cherished and rewarding government-funded incentives. Every person in America benefits from an educated public. Regardless of whether you personally have children in school, you benefit from ensuring that your fellow citizens are educated.
Consider what life would be like in America without basic education. As it is, there are too many people who are functionally illiterate. Those people cannot read or do not read, depending on their level of learning. Either way they likely do not vote, or at least know little about what they vote on. They might show up at the polls to vote the way they have been told to, but I suspect they do not even show up for fear of being asked to find their own names on a list, or some other task that might reveal their educational deficiency.
No free person should be denied the basic need of literacy. Maybe it is not necessary for everyone to completely understand calculus or genetic markers, but everyone must know how to read a newspaper.
We can argue over whether education should be paid for by the federal government, state government, or local property taxes. There are valid arguments on all sides of the issue. However, ensuring that education is paid for cannot be shirked in anticipation of resolutions to that issue. The funding is essential to all citizens and must be borne by all citizens, in fairness to freedom and democracy.
There must be limits on spending. There must be oversight on what is provided by public schools; but education cannot be denied the students. Overcrowding from lack of teachers, dropping subjects because books cannot be provided, cutting school days due to lack of funds; none of these are acceptable.
The current issue in Kuna school district is the continuation of funding already provided by our property taxes. No one is proposing increases to funding. The school district is asking only that we do not cut their funding further. Idaho is at the bottom of dollars per student spent on education in America. Surely, even the greediest among us cannot defund our children further to enhance their own pocketbooks.
This is an expense we have all endured for several years; surely we can continue to ensure education continues to function without further cuts. It is not as if it will cost you a dime more than you have paid in the past. For the sake of freedom, for the benefit of all in our community, vote yes on the Kuna school levy in May.