Editorial: Public schools require commitment, investment for our children, future

It is a reality of the first quarter of the 21st Century that the annual start of the new school year is a combination of the traditional emotions of hope and the realities of our modern world. We send our young people to learn and grow while we worry about their health and safety.

As such it is more important than ever that we realize educating our kids is a shared commitment that requires time and effort from every corner of the community. The Madison region’s schools from pre-K to college and university are sources of great pride and they should be. But our public K-12 schools in particular face significant challenges that require our commitment and investment. Teachers need resources and support. So do families. Our facilities and policies need attention and care. But the payoff could hardly be greater; our children, our future. Let’s focus, keep our eyes on the prize, and have a great school year.

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