The American Association of University Women of Greater Columbia recently hosted a panel on public school funding, and boy was I surprised at the complexity of the issue and the public apathy, as displayed by the small attendance despite wide publicity.
The members of the panel emphasized that the people not only need to be informed about education funding but also need to contact their politicians, both statewide and locally. It is not just parents who should be concerned. All taxpayers have ownership. The future is only as bright as the level of education of its citizens.
Many companies already complain about the lack of qualified job applicants, and the feeder systems of our schools, due to the lack of necessary resources, are much to blame. School funding will again be a point of debate in the upcoming legislative session, and informed voters of all ages voicing their concerns is absolutely vital.
I urge everyone to educate themselves about funding for their local schools and to act on this lack with the politicians who will be making decisions about it, both locally and statewide.