There are a number of issues that campaign around providing funds for education. One example is the legalization measure Amendment 64 from 2012. Another is Amendment 68 on this years ballot, which would expand gaming and tax the profits for education.
First, it should be clear that Iam27J has no position on the issue of marijuana or gaming. These measures will or would provide some money for schools across the state, but not nearly enough to address the needs of 27J.
School District 27J is so overcrowded that we need to build new schools, complete expansions in many other schools, and then complete long overdue repairs and maintenance. These needs will cost roughly $148 million in bonds that will be paid off over a specific period of time.
For example, Amendment 68 (the gaming measure) claims it will produce over $100 million in revenue. We have no idea how that revenue will be spread across 178 school districts. Same with the revenue from Amendment 64.
If this money does come to School District 27J, we have no doubt that it will be put to good use. But is is not something we can count on. We need to take the initiative to do what's right for our kids and our community.
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