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Letter -- Candidate understands the need of a modern education

To the editor: I read with similar disbelief the statements put forth in a May 16 letter by Republican supporter and contributor Sandi Frenzel, which purports to tell the whole truth yet actually relates a fraction of the story. Fact: Property ta...

To the editor:

I read with similar disbelief the statements put forth in a May 16 letter by Republican supporter and contributor Sandi Frenzel, which purports to tell the whole truth yet actually relates a fraction of the story.

Fact: Property taxes are elevated by schools not receiving sufficient state funding. Name someone whose property taxes were reduced in District 36 prior to the Dickinson School's 5.24 mill reduction. This recent decision shows prudent judgment by the Dickinson District.

Fact: Fuel prices have increased 300 percent during the Republican leadership of the last eight years. The reimbursement to schools remains at levels set in 1992.

Fact: North Dakota teacher's salaries are now 49th in the nation. Only Homer Simpson would claim "one from the bottom" is reason to celebrate. Is this really leadership?

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Fact: The starting salary of a beginning teacher in Wyoming was $19,000 more than a position recently offered for the same position in North Dakota.

Fact: I and my fellow Democratic leaders understand the needs of a modern education for our children. We will work to reduce property taxes and increase the quality of education for our children and equitable pay for educators.

High caliber teachers and schools are the enablers of our youth. They are directly responsible for growing professional careers such as doctors, engineers, scientists, and yes, new talented teachers to follow in this noble profession.

Teachers are the sunshine that enriches our lives with arts, sciences and living skills. Every student is repaid for a lifetime by quality teachers and quality schools.

What price can be put on a lifetime of quality experiences which were encouraged and developed by high quality schools and teachers?

The opposition claims they are saviors of education. I contribute to cancer, heart research, diabetes, MS and other causes to solve the worst curses in human existence. Does this mean I can take credit for every new development and claim I have solved the problem? This ship is still sinking in the mire of property tax increases and salary inequalities for teachers.

Clearly, strong leadership is what is needed. I will do the right thing and not settle for slight increases in wages to educators so they are one notch above deplorable and claim success.

We will put in place fair cost shares between state and local funding. We will advance quality schools with fair compensation for educators whose extraordinary efforts inspire our children and their dreams.

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Chuck Andrus

Democratic-NPL Candidate N.D. Senate District 36

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