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Jason and Amanda Peterson, Published October 15 2010

Moorhead children can’t wait for support

On Nov. 2, Moorhead residents have the chance to support their schools by voting “yes” for the proposed levy referendum. The $850-per-student increase in funding will help prevent future teacher and staff layoffs. It will bring back teacher positions recently eliminated by budget cuts. It will bring more computers into the classroom and provide our kids with the world language classes they depend on for college entrance. It will help reduce class sizes.

Are you aware that Moorhead High School core classes average 36 students? Or that Moorhead no longer offers French, German or Spanish in middle school and only Spanish at the high school? Or that every layoff means fewer programs, bigger class sizes and more pressure on our teachers to meet our expectations with dwindling resources?

Minnesota schools depend on local funding to support their schools. In fact, 90 percent of Minnesota schools are using operating levies to pay for teachers, programs, technology and more. Moorhead is in a small group of schools struggling to make it without. It’s not working.

We will be voting “yes” Nov. 2 and encourage you to do the same.

The levy referendum will cost the owner of a $150,000 home about $22/month. Yes, times are tough economically now, but our children can’t wait. It’s a small price to pay for an education that will change their lives. It’s a small price to pay to improve our community and protect our future.

Please vote “yes” to support Moorhead schools.