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  Dear Friends:

"I don't believe the bill is necessary."

That's the Speaker's comment after his weekly radio address on why Bill 162
is not on the agenda for the upcoming legislative session.

If this statement is in fact true, we really need to ask ourselves a few

Do our school children have a certified teacher for every class?

Is there a certified guidance counselor in every school?

Is there a certified school health counselor for every school?

Is the temperature in classrooms comfortable for learning?

Do the toilets flush? Are the bathrooms, cafeterias and classrooms clean?

Do students have textbooks for all of their classes?

Are there enough librarians in all of the school libraries?

Do our children learn in a healthful, safe, sanitary environment?

Do our children receive at least 180 instructional days each school year?

Do the buses deliver our children to school on time?

Is the above list reality in the schools today? Does anybody really think
this list is what our public school children experience throughout the
school year?

I don't think so.

Bill 162 has had a public hearing. It received a "Do Pass" vote on a
Committee Report from the Chair of the Committee on Education. It belongs
on the session agenda for an open debate on the floor of the Legislature.

Please give me a call or e-mail me to discuss any issues on your mind. As
always, I'm interested in your thoughts and ideas.


To learn more about Bill 162, the Every Child is Entitled to an Adequate
Public Education Act," click here:

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