To The Herald-Whig:
When I was a student in the Quincy Public School system, we were told repeatedly that we had to make budget cuts because we did not receive sufficient funding from the state. At a young age, they cut our class field trips. Cuts like these leave an impact on QPS students, but not as much as cutting teachers.
It is essential a student has a teacher to learn from. However, teachers cannot do this for free. Teachers are educators who need to be paid.
If a group of employees doesn't like their salary and benefits, they strike. This is exactly what the union (Quincy Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Personnel) is doing right now. Their demands are reasonable, and we need to increase their pay to match districts our same size.
The school's budget is very complex, but this is not an excuse to deprive students of their education.
Erik D. Labroo