Community Fights School Cuts
Alison Law took on a huge challenge this month. She has teamed up with about a dozen other concerned residents to help the Alachua County School District deal with budget cuts.
"It became obvious we needed to do something pretty extensive," said Law.
The first step in her plan is to sift through hundreds of email addresses of people who may be interested in the movement, and get them together at a meeting. Then, she must figure out how to raise a million dollars that would save music and art programs for the upcoming school year, which starts in about two months.
Some ideas on the table include setting up a trust fund, throwing a block party, and organizing a "save the music" concert.
"The long term need would be to turn around to the state, and figure out why they're cutting education and really short-changing the future of the state," said Law.
Law plans on letting state lawmakers know they mean business by staging teach-ins at the capital and holding forums with political candidates.
It's an ambitious effort that school officials say is much appreciated.
"This is certainly a very noble effort, and they've set themselves out for a very big challenge, and we certainly appreciate that," said Jackie Johnson, Alachua County spokesperson.
A challenge that Law says she is willing to take on.
"We need that million dollars as soon as we can," said Law.
The group plans to have their first meeting on Thursday evening at 6pm at Glen Springs Elementary School Auditorium.
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