As a sophomore at Sterling High School, I am aware of the cuts in the Sterling Public Schools’ budget to address a $1.8 million education fund deficit.
Under those proposed cuts, Sterling High School is planning to slash a vital class provided at our high school: advanced placement (AP) economics. While students still need to pass a general economics class to graduate, and as important as that class is, AP economics is just as valuable.
The Sauk Valley area used to be a booming economic area, from thriving small businesses to the steel mill. Failed economic policies made businesses that provided good-paying, stable jobs to many families nonexistent, sent overseas, and are now a part of our area’s “good ole days” that we hear our grandparents talk about.
All citizens of the Sauk Valley area need to view this issue in a nonpartisan manner: Our area needs to spur economic growth once again. No matter whether it is through large businesses like the mill or small businesses like Airplay Coffee Shop, we need to start creating more jobs and invest in our future in the next few decades. Otherwise, our area is going to fall behind once again.
My generation is going to be next in line to lead our community. It would be prudent to keep our AP economics class if we want to have well-rounded people serving in our local government and sensible business owners.
As previously stated, Tad Everett, Sterling Public Schools superintendent, has proposed a 3-year initiative to “save” our school district from failing. But cutting an essential class from our curriculum, which would encourage economic growth in our area, would truly make our community fail.