Letter to the Editor: Our schools need community involvement


The commentary posted on Nov. 12, “Will funding issues force schools, community to take a step backward?” stated that the federal government’s  contribution to the school system has declined by more than $700,000 dollars. This is a large amount of money and the assumption would be that the students’ education would suffer, but that is not the case.

In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg — founder of Facebook — donated $100 million dollars to a school system in Newark, New Jersey. According to an article published by CNBC in May 2014, the money did not help the school system in the way critics thought it would. Instead, four years later, the school system was the same as it was before the money.

Throwing money at education is not going to fix the underlying problems of the school system. Community involvement is essential to the success of the children’s education. According to Ken Berger, CEO of Charity Navigator, engaging the community is sometimes lost and there is a top-down approach with the money.

Our school system will not be at a disadvantage from the loss of federal monies if the community stays involved by parents giving support to their children and schools. In addition, the commentary included a quote by Dr. Raley saying, “We believe that great communities come from great schools.” I disagree because schools thrive on community involvement. If community support is not present for our schools then the “great community,” as Dr. Raley states, cannot be achieved.

Brooke Simpson, New Market