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Posted: May 2, 2008 12:23 a.m.
Updated: June 30, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 
To The Editor:

I graduated from Canyon High School two years ago and am currently attending the University of California at Santa Cruz. I am writing in response to Paul Strickland's commentary of last week ("Some Legislative Relief for Schools," April 21, 2008).

The tone of the article seemed to paint Santa Clarita as a small, quaint town that is being bullied by the
state and not receiving appropriate funds for schools.

Schools in Santa Clarita are well above average, but the problem when I attended Canyon never seemed to be funding; Santa Clarita is an affluent community and a loving one, where money could be fund-raised if needed.

To me the problem always seemed that city officials were letting housing company after housing company
build and expand. Santa Clarita became the fastest-growing city in California, but our schools and roads were not expanding as fast as private contractors could build houses.

Strickland also seemed upset that California does not reward school districts based upon success. It seems
obvious to me that the state is correct in that choice, and should instead give funds based on income,
where the money would go to lower-income communities.

At Canyon High, I had to pay for most of my extracurricular activities, whether it be with my own money or through fundraising. And if our town is as Mayberry-like as we think, then can we not pull together and depend less on the state in order to save state money for less affluent communities?

Maybe it is a utopian idea and I know that budget cuts are difficult for everyone, but I do not see this as a
period for legislative relief but rather as a time for city officials to come up with new ways to fund our schools that do not depend on the state.

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