Education: A Wise Investment
By Gregory Vickrey
August 09, 2007
As a wise person recently re-iterated to me, education is an
investment, not a static expenditure on the part of the Borough
and the people of this community. It is an investment in our
children, our future, and our economy. And in determining funding
levels on a yearly basis, it is perhaps the Borough Assembly's
most important decision.
At best, the funding for education in our community has been
inconsistent. At worst, we experience what we did this past budget
cycle - an aggressive action undercutting the critical funds
so necessary for the sustainbility of our most precious industry,
As a candidate for Borough Assembly, I have already stated my
desire to fund to the cap, and the willingness to fight for it.
We must be dedicated to this sort of investment consistently,
year to year.
The question is, to what end? What are we investing in if we
do, indeed, fund to the cap regularly? Collectively, we must
substantiate this investment.
How can music programs be enhanced? What about extension of other
fine arts programs? There exists the possibility of computer
labs and education dedicated to utilizing software programs and
the study of emerging technologies. Can we institute field programs
that take advantage of the incredible environmental resources
No doubt you have many more ideas a consistently and properly
funded educational system can produce. Please share them with
me at email@example.com and let's pursue together the
educational investment the young people of this community deserve.
And beyond the cap, what can the Borough do in the realm of education
to further this economic and quality-of-life investment?
For starters, we can carry the banner for expansion of programs
at UAS-Ketchikan. By making UAS-Ketchikan a top-notch Borough
priority, we recognize and demonstrate the importance of higher
and continuing education and can make this institution a cornerstone
for our developing community.
The Borough can also make it a high priority to work closely
with Saxman as it seeks to serve its unique educational needs
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on these ideas as well
as your own regarding education or any other topic under the
Thanks for reading, and please vote in this incredibly important
election on October 2nd.
Received August 08, 2007 - Published August 09, 2007
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