A letter that Lori Rice, a fourth-grade teacher in Wamego, is sending to state leaders was published on the Washington Post website last weekend. It shared her typical daily teaching schedule and how state funding decisions are affecting her students. “Due to budget cuts, again, we are not able to have a full-time librarian, art teacher, technology teacher or music teacher,” she wrote. “This means our schedules are limited and cannot be arranged for what is best for students.” Rice urges other teachers to share their experiences and expertise with lawmakers. “What would happen if every teacher wrote to someone in power? What if you stopped what you were doing right now and wrote a letter or sent an e-mail to someone who can make a change?” – Phillip Brownlee
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