Re "Claim for Prop. 30 misses mark" (Ad Watch, Oct. 4): As a counselor at Kennedy High, the message that spoke to me in the new Proposition 30 TV ad was music and art programs gone. Exposure to the arts helps students build self-confidence and express creativity.
We can't keep cutting our schools and still keep the economy strong for the next generation. Sacramento City Unified began its school year without middle school counselors, and as few as two counselors on a campus of 2,100 students. Within the first week, I was expected to enroll new students, change student schedules, assess a student for suicide and assist with a referral to Child Protective Services.
How much further can we cut schools? How much risk is the public willing to live with? How many students will have to live without guidance, support, or advocacy without fair funding of schools? Pass Prop. 30 to ensure students' social, emotional and academic needs are met.
-- Neil Norman, Carmichael
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