May 3, 1999
Children need technology tools to make this a better world
If you haven't already, you will soon receive a mail-in ballot for the May 18 election in the Riverview School District. On this ballot is a very important issue concerning our future leaders: a technology levy. This technology levy will be used to improve the current technology in the Riverview School District.
The money from this levy does not just supply hardware. The entire package consists of hardware, software, audiovisual equipment, and importantly, teacher and staff training.
I am a person who likes to know the facts before I make decisions. Here are five reasons that I would like you to consider as you make your decision to vote for this technology levy:
As a former teacher, mother of three, and a technology employee, I want to see all of our children provided with the skills and opportunities necessary to make this world a better place to live in. Look around you, open your eyes, and see that we need to pass this levy.
- Your taxes will not go up. Total local school tax rates will remain constant even with this added levy because other bonds and levies expire during this levy period.
- Technology is a curriculum issue and can be incorporated into all aspects of the curriculum.
- There is a serious skills gap in the American workforce due to our entrance into the technological era. Currently, there are an estimated 500,000 openings in the technology field in the United States and a prediction of 1,000,000.
- Research (I could provide a long list) shows that technology plays a critical role in students' success in learning.
- The children of today will be making the decisions of tomorrow. I want them to be informed decisions.
For additional information, please visit the Riverview School District website at www.riverview.wednet.edu/news/levy.htm; or call the Riverview Schools Committee at (425) 788-4939.
Lori Oviatt, Carnation