With “Furlough Fridays” a reality, efforts toward a long-term solution are overdue. The time that some are now devoting to finger-pointing and affixing blame are a distraction from the more important work we have before us.

The real question is, as the economic torrent threatens to erode the foundation of public education, what can we do?

Two meaningful efforts are underway. First, community partners have stepped up to reduce the burdens on students, families, and employers by creating optional activities for furlough days. I commend all of those who have acted proactively to minimize the damage to the school house foundation.

Second, many people are asking if more resources are available to help strengthen the foundation of our educational system

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