Parents Pressure Legislature to Restore School Funding
Omaha, NE - A group of Nebraska parents believes Nebraska's schools need more funding to better prepare their children for the future.
They are sending postcards to state senators explaining why education should not be on the cutting board.
"We have actually considered home schooling because of the lack of resources," said Julie Wasser, a mother who picked up pen and paper and wrote to lawmakers. "We want to support our public schools but we need more funding and you can tell the teachers are stretched."
Wasser hopes by sharing personal experiences, state senators will increase education funds.
The Nebraska Legislature cut $100 million from public education funding in 2011. They made a commitment to restore ten percent of funds starting in 2013.
Sue Behr is a member of Nebraska Parents for Public Education, she's worried the state will only restore four percent of the promised ten, "There are second thoughts happening, the state is saying they cannot afford to restore the full ten percent".
Behr has joined other parents that want their voices heard. She wrote to senators to explain why more money is needed for new computers, more teachers and other school staffing for an overall better experience for the kids. "Parents are the ones who see the impact on their children, there's not enough funds in our schools to give our kids the kind of education they deserve," she said. Behr feels children shouldn't have to carry the burden of poor decisions being made by lawmakers.
To learn more about how to get involved with Nebraska Parents for Public Education visit www.nppe.org