As an added bonus to this wonderful column, if you are in the downtown area, Old TEP building there is a cafe inside that serves a variety of lunch items through the day until 3pm. All the menu items are from the UA Student Union and on Thursday they serve tacos. In addition, they also have store items like candy bars, bottled soda & juices, during the holidays they also sell baked goods like pies and special desserts. 220 W. 6th Street - Old TEP building.
As a parent these budget cuts are nuts. My children both attend MUSD & TUSD districts and the schools on both sides are hurting. At the High School, the district cut funding for books & capital equipment, i.e. chairs, desks, etc. My daughter has a set of class books that can only be used in the classroom, if she has homework outside of school hours they can go to the bookstore to check out books, if they are available. I'm not complaining, but I spent $130+ for class fees. Fees for dual enrolled courses at PCC (which I believe parents should pay for), but I had to also pay for her fees for orchestra. When the district first talked about cuts, they suggested cutting music education, which reminds me of our wonderful state representatives. Let's cut what we think is not important. My youngest attends the Special Education Preschool, because she was diagnosed with Autism last year. For her class I spent about $100 on supplies. My other daughter attends elementary school in TUSD and there were changes that had to be implemented at her school. The cut that stands out the most was they had to cut their Art Education program. All in all, it looks like in the end the State is going to wind up with a bunch of uneducated hillbillies, who wouldn't be able to tell you who Da Vinci was, let alone who Bach was or is. Nice going idiots, thanks to all the representatives, Democrats & Republicans, who because of their own special interests are going to force our children to pay for their mistakes.
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