Kaitlan Hinton: Slashing education funding is not the answer

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Kaitlan Hinton poses for a portrait at Rotary Park in Casper on Oct. 1.
























Kaitlan Hinton poses by the waterfall at Rotary Park in Casper on Oct. 1.




Kaitlan Hinton
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wyoming is facing a downturn in coal, oil and gas markets that has put us as a state in a financial crisis.Because of this turn of events, there has been serious consideration for cutting funding for public education and mental health services by lawmakers.I believe taking that action will cause more harm than good.First of all, by cutting the budget for public education there will be fewer resources. For example, schools may not be able to afford updated textbooks, which is a very important component of learning because students need to have the most recent information at their fingertips.Budget cuts also reduce access to benefits such as art supplies, educational technology, extracurricular activities and even transportation.Teachers are not able to replace the solid foundation that these resources continually provide for students.Classrooms with more students would be another consequence of decreased funding. This is because the school districts will not have enough money to hire the number of educators …

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