Letter: District 86 Board actions should be for ‘I hope’ generation

I am concerned about the actions of the current District 86 Board. At a meeting, one of the members spoke about the next generation as the “I wish” generation. They implied that this generation would be wishing for educational opportunities that wouldn’t exist for a lack of money. This is ludicrous coming from a board that voted for a zero tax levy.

In my opinion, the next generation will be the “I hope” generation:

• I hope that I can attend the same high-quality school that my siblings attended, with extraordinary teachers.

• I hope we have small enough class sizes that I get the attention and help that I need.

• I hope our community doesn’t deteriorate because the quality of the district deteriorates.

• I hope if I choose to teach, I will be valued by my employers, earn a wage that will allow me to pay back my student loans, and secure a decent standard of living.

• I hope as an adult I will never fail to remember the generations that come after me and not lose sight of the importance of education.

• I hope I remember all school children are our future doctors, armed service members, scientists, and social workers; professionals we cannot live without.

• I hope people who enter into public service do so for reasons other than cutting taxes and know that we all have a voice in the future of our schools, whether we voted for them or not.

Laura Draper



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