Our view: Prove it
November 14, 2009
Given its status as perhaps the most important of public functions, education is a topic often discussed and debated, and one most people have an opinion about.
Generally, those opinions revolve around what could be done better, both locally and statewide. On both fronts, there's no shortage of problems.
In Moffat County, test scores are at an unacceptable level and high school graduation rates are suffering, to name two of the biggest issues.
And, it's not as if district administrators can solve those problems with increased funding targeting those areas — the school district is routinely tasked with building the barest of operating budgets.
Quite simply, the money isn't there.
Statewide, the problem is just as tough.
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Our legislators, faced with what could only be described as a budgetary disaster, are considering ways to reduce education funding, essentially trimming fat from allocations where no extras really exist.
That leaves us with today's abbreviated opinion piece.
For all these issues and the varying opinions on them, resident participation regarding our local public schools is atrocious.
The Editorial Board doesn't doubt that people care — it doubts that most simply do not translate that concern into real action that could inspire real change.
If you'd like proof, take a look at how many candidates recently applied for three vacancies on the Moffat County School Board. The answer: three.
On today's editorial page you'll find a submitted item from the Moffat County School District and Moffat County Education Association. The two groups are asking all county residents help them defeat more possible education cuts by lobbying our local legislators.
What you, the reader and school district patron, do with this simple and reasonable request is up to you.
However, the Editorial Board doubts the educators' pleas to the general public does even the slightest bit of good.
Let's just see if we're proven wrong.