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May 21, 2013 > Letter to the Editor: Please help Fremont students learn

Letter to the Editor: Please help Fremont students learn

The Fremont Unified School District starts the 2012-13 school year with more than $42 million dollars in total reserve. It is fully expecting California state funding to increase for several years - the conservative estimate is $5 million for the next school year.

At the same time, only student programs and services are still suffering cuts this school year and in future years. In financial terms, the Fremont School Board and the school district's senior management team have removed class sizes and other student services related cuts by less than $3 million dollars so far.

As a point of reference, this is less than the extra money provided by the Fremont community to the Fremont school district via Measure K from 2010.

Over the past five years, the school district has not used a single penny from its reserve to cover budget cuts from the state. In fact, its reserve has grown by more than $15 million.

Our school district's top priority must be its students. This is not happening. And its employees are not being well treated. Right now, Fremont teachers are working without a contract. They are handing out flyers around schools and hundreds of them were present during the May 8, 2013 Board meeting.

Our school district has plenty of money now. There is absolutely no valid reason why students and employees are still getting hurt.

Changing the current situation would require the Fremont community to speak up. It is the only way left. Please contact Fremont School Board members and ask them to significantly further reduce class sizes, increase school site budgets and work with employees. Board members' contact information can be found at:

Hiu Ng

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