2010-09-10 / Letters

PS 114 Budget Cuts

Dear Editor,

The children of PS/MS 114 are being placed at a learning disadvantage due to the exorbitant 10 percent decrease in school funding. Based on the information received at the July 21, 2010 meeting, this cut is greater than other schools in the NYC metropolitan area. The administrators, teachers, staff, PA and the parents of children in this school are hardworking people who often go beyond their immediate roles to ensure that PS/MS 114 children receive an excellent education.

Politicians were present at a meeting. While the representatives were attentive and did try to answer questions posed by the parents, one question was not addressed and that was, Why are the cuts for PS/MS 114 different from those cuts in surrounding schools? Our children are entitled to an equal education and that should not be compromised over unequal education budget cuts. I don’t think anyone is against some “tightening of the belts” so long as it is fair and across the board. One glaring disadvantage is the necessary cut to a program that caused the elimination of Spanish. There is an abundance of literature that suggests an increase in the need for Spanish speaking Americans in the work force. Our children will not receive instruction in this area and therefore will be unable to compete with those public school children who do receive a Spanish language curriculum.

On another note, cutting busing for middle school children is irresponsible. The money saved on the front end will be money lost on the backend. When attendance goes down, dropout rates increase, and uneducated children become uneducated adults who will have a difficult time finding employment.

Furthermore, it seems that the children and innocent parents suffer from the city officials who make poor decisions. This year there were several articles in the newspapers that highlighted the gross mishandling of MTA revenue, for example, $600 MILLION in overtime!!!! Children should not be the ones to bear the brunt of filling the fiscal gap.

As a community we want to show our children responsibility and show that we support them through good and bad. We want to do the same for our city but not at a disproportionate burden to the residents of Rockaway. Please recognize the unfairness to our community and rectify the cuts or compensate the community.

ANNMARIE REGAN

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