Cherokee Public School Parents Sign Open Letter Addressed to Their Kids, Their Kids' Teachers, Local School Officials, and State Lawmakers
7.11.2012 | Over 250 Cherokee County Public School Parents sent an important message to students (their children), teachers and staff, administration, and state legislators via the Cherokee Ledger News, a local newspaper (see the ad below).
Students were congratulated on completing another successful year and for their numerous accomplishments. Teachers and support staff were thanked for their dedication, professionalism, and skill. The local Board of Education, Superintendent Petruzielo, and his Team were commended for showing leadership in the development of a budget that supports students and keeps as many resources in the classroom as possible. Cherokee County is known statewide for its quality schools.
For state legislators, the message was clear -- stop the Death by a Thousand Cuts by fully funding public schools. Cherokee County Schools will suffer a $26.5 million (FY13) State Austerity Cut. This equates to $685 per student or $17,132 per class (of 25).
Cherokee County Schools and other systems across Georgia have endured a decade of cuts despite increasing state mandates and have seen local communities bear the cost of these mandates.
Enough is enough -- now is the time to put Public Schools before politics. Now is the time to listen to parents, educators, and the community because Better Schools = Stronger Community.