Vote yes to Ques­tion 1

The Calvert Recorder - - Letters To The Editor -

I am not an ed­u­ca­tor, nor a par­ent with a child in the Mary­land pub­lic school sys­tem, nor am I a stu­dent. I am, how­ever, a tax­payer who cares about the qual­ity of our lo­cal pub­lic schools and de­sires to en­sure that casino rev­enues go to in­creas­ing pub­lic school fund­ing. As a prod­uct of the pub­lic schools of Calvert County, I am well aware of the need for con­tin­ued qual­ity of and fund­ing for our pub­lic schools in or­der to en­sure that when stu­dents leave high school they will be bet­ter pre­pared for col­lege and ca­reers. There­fore, I urge you to vote yes on con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment Ques­tion 1.

Vot­ing yes on Ques­tion 1 results in ad­di­tional ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing that our stu­dents and schools need for smaller class sizes, bet­ter paid teach­ers, and ex­pand­ing ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion and pre-K.

Vot­ing yes on Ques­tion 1 will add lo­cal fund­ing pri­or­i­ties based on top is­sues for dif­fer­ent school systems.

Vot­ing yes on Ques­tion 1 pro­vides a part of the solution for clos­ing the fund­ing gap. Pass­ing Ques­tion 1 won’t solve ev­ery prob­lem overnight, but it can help take im­por­tant steps in the right di­rec­tion of get­ting schools and stu­dents needed re­sources.

Visit voteyesonone.org to view a break­down of how much ad­di­tional fund­ing per school sys­tem pass­ing Ques­tion 1 could mean.

Vot­ing yes on Ques­tion 1 will keep a prom­ise made to vot­ers that casino rev­enue would in­crease school fund­ing in­stead of be­ing used for other pur­poses. Vot­ing yes would pre­vent politi­cians from di­vert­ing casino money in the Ed­u­ca­tion Trust Fund and en­sure that it goes to our schools.

Vote yes on Ques­tion 1 dur­ing early vot­ing at the Com­mu­nity Re­sources Build­ing, across from the post of­fice, lo­cated at 30 Duke St. in Prince Fred­er­ick be­tween the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. through Thurs­day, Nov. 1. Vote yes on Ques­tion 1 on Election Day on Tues­day, Nov. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. at your as­signed polling place.

Re­mem­ber to vote yes on Ques­tion 1.

Mal­colm Funn, Solomons

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