Parents Organize Against School Budget Cuts
Parents came out in droves to hear from Superintendent of schools, Dan Boyd and board members Thursday night.
Following the state's decision to further cut school funding by 4-percent, the school board says it has to reduce art and music programs by half in all 29 elementary schools. Educators say the only solution to fixing financial woes is raising the same property taxes that voters had voted to reduce with Amendment One.
According to PTA vice president at Wiles Elementary School, Jennifer Lopez says, "We were told that this would not affect the school systems but we know that it definitely did affect the school systems because we got a 14% budget cut."
There are twelve thousand PTA members in Alachua County and many are meeting in committees before next Thursday when they plan to join forces with other parent organizations.
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