Letter to the Editor

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 17, 2011 7:20 AM

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Unhappy with Branstad’s ed cuts

After reading about Gov. Terry Branstad’s preschool plan, I wanted to further explore the goals of our governor, including reducing the need for special-education services and grade repetition and to eliminate costs.

He certainly is completing one of those goals, but what about the others? How are children going to be able to progress without affordable preschool? Even if preschool is within a family’s budget, teachers may or may not need to be certified. Under the proposed state law, they won’t. Uncertified teachers can be the equivalent of baby-sitters. I do not believe we can keep children from repeating grades and/or needing special assistance with this form of education.

Maybe as college students, we aren’t looking at the education of our own children, but what about our careers? With cuts in preschool funding, it is inevitable that jobs will also be cut. This will be yet another blow to our weakening economy. Branstad’s plans are great if you are looking solely at saving the state money, but we can’t afford to sacrifice education.

Branstad wants to save Iowa money, but he’s doing it at the cost of education. Although he is offering money to low-income families, he is making a huge mistake by raising costs to an average Iowan. We need our education; Branstad needs to find a new area to cut, and soon.

Laura Nielsen
UI graduate student

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