Letter to Rep. Jake Johnson

Published 10:13 pm Sunday, December 22, 2019

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School funding

Rep. Johnson,


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Friday’s (13 December) Tryon Daily Bulletin had an article reporting the financial difficulties being experienced by Polk County schools.


There were two central issues: 1) the on-going reductions in state school funding being done by the NC state government; 2) the inability of the school district to accurately budget due to the nature of public school funding.


Polk County has built a school system that is one of the most highly-rated in the entire country. It offers a wide variety of ways for our school children to succeed, both academically and personally. It’s teachers and administrators are uniformly highly qualified, dedicated professionals who have our students’ best interests at the core of their focus.


These issues are not confined to Polk County, but are being experienced state-wide as a direct result of decisions being made by our elected representatives. You were elected by the people of your district to serve the best interests of your citizens, and education represents our best hope to educate and train the next generation of leaders, locally and nationally.


I ask that you carefully consider your sworn obligations and work to see that our education system is adequately funded, and that the process involved is school-friendly.


Chris ter Kuile