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May 13, 2010

Letters to the Editor

Students with disabilities need programs

The governor is proposing more than $1.5 billion in ongoing cuts to K-12 education. The proposed cuts come at a critical time when our schools are attempting to close the achievement gap, especially for children with disabilities.

Cuts to K-12 education have a major impact on special education because these services are federally mandated and still need to be provided to students with disabilities regardless of the level of funding provided. If state funding for education is cut, our school district will be faced with untenable choices that hurt all children!

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The decisions made by legislators and the governor can forever impact the lives of children with disabilities and their families. We urge them to resist cutting education programs for our most vulnerable population — our children! --Sunita Batra, Glendale Editor’s note: Batra is director of Foothill SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area), which serves the La Cañada, Glendale and Burbank unified school districts.

Unimpressed by the president

Our resident president continues to demonstrate his brilliance with his most recent decision to send the SWAT team to assess the oil mess in the Gulf. That makes about as much sense as sending the oil rig engineers to investigate the Times Square bomber. Once again, I am overwhelmed with the genius of Obama. — Bob Tanabe, La Canada


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