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We urge you to support level funding for Sutherland School and oppose the budget cuts proposed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. These cuts would lay off as many as 20,000 teachers across the state and would lead to larger class sizes, less individual instruction, and more student disruption. At Sutherland, it would mean losing several excellent teachers and also an end to a full-day Kindergarten program that has been at Sutherland for more than 20 years.

Sutherland is a Chicago Public School that has managed to achieve tremendous results with limited resources. We receive absolutely no federal funding and already operate on a shoestring budget. The proposed cuts would dramatically alter the character of our school, resulting in huge class sizes, less individual instruction, and more student disruption. It would be extremely challenging for teachers to function, and for students to thrive, in such an atmosphere.

Level funding would allow us to keep the teacher positions we have and to maintain our two full-day and one half-day Kindergarten classes. We had nearly 90 applications for Kindergarten next year--an unprecedented number! Those children deserve the same benefits of a full day of rich, well-paced instruction that previous generations have enjoyed. (Please note that Sutherland traditionally has not received funding for full day Kindergarten, only for half day. Our principal has used the school's limited discretionary funds to cover the difference in cost. That would no longer be possible if the budget cuts are approved.)

It is a shameful and unacceptable notion that our state would seek to balance its budget on the backs of children. Please don't let it happen.

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Carissa CameronBy:
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Illinois legislators, the Chicago Board of Education, and Alderman Ginger Rugai

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