Letter: Save SAGE to ensure our future by Caroline Boettcher
During the 1996-1997 school year, the State of Wisconsin established the SAGE Program. This acronym stands for Student Achievement Guarantee in Education. This program ensures, statewide, that our elementary students, specifically kindergarten through third grade in Rhinelander, are keeping pace with national standards and expectations in education.
Optimal to the success and growth of each student, as determined by this program, is an 18:1 student-to-instructor ratio. Consider for yourself the detrimental effect a 30:1 ratio will have on the future of our children that are to be educated in the School District of Rhinelander. Furthermore, imagine our children traveling state wide for education, travel, or sports and finding themselves fundamentally behind their peers academically. Imagine how this will impact their quality of life and the potential opportunities which they may miss as a result of our decisions today.
This is the decision with which we are faced. A YES vote ensures the resources lacking from state assistance will make up for the financial shortfall to maintain this program.
Please carefully consider the detailed points below and the long-term effects on the growth of our children and the resulting strength of our community. This educational foundation impacts the fabric of our local community by attracting businesses, families and visitors to a community well-regarded for its preparation of young minds on par with the best state standards.
Without S.A.G.E., our community is turning its back to researched and established criterion that have been documented and determined as vital to our students’ successes. This includes meeting the needs of individual students, greater technology instruction, better communication with families and a quieter, safer environment for learning.
However, a YES vote allocates the resources for our community’s young minds that we would want for ourselves and certainly want for our own children. Together, we can continue to protect and foster the growth of our unique and vibrant Northwoods lifestyle from its foundation, which is the youth of today and the families of tomorrow.
For stronger families, brighter children and their chance with an optimal learning environment – vote YES on Feb. 19.
Caroline Boettcher, Rhinelander