Education's agonizing 'Catch 22'

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Education has made a big difference in the lives of many of us in Los Alamos. Funding reductions have forced our school district to make serious cuts in their operational budget, the portion that pays teachers’ salaries and other day to day costs.  
State law does not allow us to tax ourselves to fund operational costs.  
Over the past few years the amount available for professional development has shrunk by over $150,000.  Our teachers have not had a pay raise for four years.  
These cuts will affect our children’s education and their future and the ability of Los Alamos National Laboratory to attract the best and brightest.
The LAPS Foundation was started several years ago to provide a venue for Los Alamos citizens to assist our schools.  
Since 2008, the foundation has given over $265,000 of your donations to schools, teachers and students. The Foundation has funded teacher grants, classroom makeovers, teacher training, teacher licensure, classroom materials and innovative opportunities such as Kindles Instead of Books.
 If you are a LANS employee, you can help the LAPS Foundation help our schools through the 2012 Employee Giving Campaign. Please designate a portion of your donation to the LAPS Foundation. LANL’s 2012 Employee Giving Campaign runs through Oct. 28.

Morris Pongratz, past president
LAPS Foundation