Education must be protected

To the editor:

It often amazes me to read letters to the editor that report incorrect information. I would like to respond to one of those letters in the Feb. 17 edition (“District’s response offers insight.”) The letter states, “Property owners who have children in high school should seek counsel to be absolved of their tax obligations since they are paying for a service that should be provided yet is denied.” The Ohio Revised Code 3327.01 reads busing is not mandatory for high school students.

It goes on to state the student-to-teacher ratio in the Edison Local School District is just under 15-to-1. Information on student-teacher ratio is provided in the Edison annual report (the school calendar.) The building and staff data is found on the February page. The 15-to-1 is listed for one school, and the others are higher. Also, it should be noted that with inclusion, the special education students are now in the regular classrooms and those students are not reflected in the regular student-to-teacher ratio numbers.

Education is then compared to the slowing of production, Schools are not factories where production is slowed down. Schools are the vehicle by which our country’s most valuable asset is being educated. The future of our country depends on the education of our children. Slowing down production is not an option. According o the Ohio Department of Education audit for 2012, Edison Local is understaffed by three teachers. Now, as a result of the failure of the levy, additional teachers will be riffed.

In this economy, everyone must tighten his or her belts, and many schools are put into that position as a result of the unconstitutional funding in the state of Ohio. Rather than criticize school administrators and teachers, we, as taxpayers in Ohio, should be storming the governor’s office and demanding that school funding be fair and equitable. You have heard the quote that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. That is exactly what is happening to schools in Ohio. Unfortunately, Edison is in the poorer equation while some neighboring schools are not.

In closing, I would like to add that as a person who has been closely connected to Edison for many years, I can attest from personal experience to the caliber of teachers and support staff who work with our children. They are dedicated, hard-working, caring, knowledgeable adults committed to academic excellence. Our teachers are among the finest in the state.

Elizabeth Truax