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Oct 17, 2013

‘This (school) levy is a win for all’

Category: General
Posted by: admin

Once again Lake Oswego schools have received outstanding ratings from the state.

This excellence is due, in part, to the financial support our schools receive from the community. In November we have the opportunity to renew the Lake Oswego school levy. As a parent of a daughter in Lake Oswego schools, I encourage all Lake Oswegans to vote yes on this measure.

The levy will continue the current property tax rate — it is not an increase. This money makes up 10 percent of the school district’s operating budget. If not continued, our public schools will experience a devastating blow — loss of teachers and programs and increased class sizes.

Strong schools increase the possibility that our children and our neighbors’ children will thrive. Smaller class sizes particularly benefit younger children. Art and music programs keep children engaged.

The recent economic downtown underscores the benefits of education; the unemployment rate among college graduates is substantially lower than among high school graduates. Lake Oswego’s reputation in preparing students for college is exemplary. Our district’s reputation encourages families to move here and supports strong property values. Ultimately, whether or not one has a child in the district, this levy is a win for all.

Linda Ganzini

Past president, Lake Oswego Schools Foundation

Lake Oswego

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