To the Editor:

In Southern Illinois, there has been an issue with the school budget for about four years now. People who are for Rauner feel that he is working vigorously to try and fix this issue while I believe that he is not working hard enough to fix the school budget for District 186 and most of Southern Illinois.

I lived in Southern Illinois and went to Murphysboro High School, which is in District 186. I have seen first-hand some of the teachers and programs that have been cut from the district and that, to me, is a problem. Not only are the teachers who lost their jobs suffering, but the students in the area do too because when they fire a teacher, they do not re-hire another one.

The result for them letting the teacher go, the class is also canceled. That has an effect on the student because that might have been a class they needed for college, or just a class they wanted to take. Regardless, this issue is negatively affecting children in Southern Illinois.

There are not many solutions that would be easy to use so that this issue gets resolved but the governor does need to come up with something better than just raising property taxes. It will not be a simple fix, but the more money, time, and effort needs to be put in on this issue. It will not fix itself.

Taijhan Nelson

Murphysboro

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