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School technology levy is vote-worthy | Bob Roegner

With the Legislature in session, people maneuvering to run for Federal Way mayor, and the economy still limping along, you may not have noticed that there is an election on Feb. 9.

The Federal Way School District is asking for voter support for a technology levy. The levy would replace the current 2005-2010 technology levy. With technology so embedded in today’s culture, you would think it would be considered as part of basic education — but it isn’t.

For those of you who grew up on lined paper and a number 2 lead pencil as your classroom support, the computer may seem like a whole different education system. Well it is! Today’s students compete in a much different world. Not only are our young people competing to be successful students now, but they are preparing themselves for the future. Whether it’s college or vocational school or the world of work, they will need computer skills to succeed.

The current technology levy has purchased projectors, document cameras and computer upgrades. The requested levy will cost about $31 per year for the average household in years one and two, and about $75 per year in years three through six. Considering what many people pay for other discretionary items, the price is fairly small.

More importantly, each generation should make a social commitment to improve the lives and opportunities of the generation that follows. Our parents and grandparents voted to support schools and education so that we might have the opportunities to succeed. Now it’s our turn, and it isn’t a one-time obligation. It’s an ongoing commitment to make each generation the best it can be.

It will be fascinating to see what new levels of knowledge will be available to today’s students when they move from recipients to providers of educational technology.

Not everyone in the community will support the technology request. But over the years, most in our community have exhibited the foresight to know our children’s future is only as bright as we make it. Every student deserves the best opportunity for success, and is there anything better to invest in than a quality education?

For the many of you who have chuckled while watching me battle my keyboard to produce this column, you have the perfect reason to ensure the next generation is better trained.

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