I have recently heard many people comment on Clawson Public Schools' effort to pass a technology bond at the upcoming election on May 3. Many have suggested that they simply can’t afford an additional expense of any kind. Gas prices continue to soar, the cost of food increases, Michigan unemployment rates are some the highest in the nation, senior citizens’ fixed incomes can’t match the rising cost of prescriptions and medical care— for these reasons and many more— making the decision to take on another expense very difficult.
The way I see it is that the community can’t afford not to pass the bond. Our children and grandchildren need this newer technology to gain a solid education so they can go out and fix these problems. Students are counting on us to pass the bond, as we are counting on our children find the solutions.
Today’s educational standards of interactive white boards and clickers are the equivalent to yesterday’s chalk boards and pencils. They are a requirement to success. These tools are needed to support and enhance student learning in the classroom. Most people I encounter agree that investing in future generations is imperative. This necessary investment in our future has been increasingly difficult for local school districts.
Clawson Public Schools have already made millions of dollars in budget reductions, the state continues to cut funding in per pupil allowances, and indirect costs persistently have increased for schools as well. Instead of providing new technology for students, the district has been valiant in maintaining existing outdated computers. In reality, the tools our students have been asked to use are broken, and a Band-Aid will no longer help. Our community needs to step up; the consequences are too severe if we don’t.
Parents please find the time to go vote for your children. Grandparents please consider your legacy. Clawson residents please support our future.