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June 14, 2011


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Lee Tucker

It's not the students who are dunces -- it's the taxpayers and legislators who underfund education. We need more--and longer--days of schooling, creative and innovative teaching models, greater resources for the classrooms, and smaller class sizes.

For example, my daughter goes to a fairly well-regarded middle-school in our poorly-funded public school district. There is not a single textbook available for her to take home -- not in science, social studies, math, or language arts. The books stay in the classroom and the students read the books during classtime -- a terrible waste of instructional time. But that way the school can get by with only 35 books for a hundred+ students. There is rarely homework.

Is she a dunce? Certainly not. Could she know a lot more, if given the opportunity? Absolutely.

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