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At last week's school board budget meeting, it was decided that Huntsville's teachers will not be getting a raise this year. It's a disappointing decision not only for the teachers, but also for those of us who see how hard they work to prepare our children for the future. The primary reason for the decision centers around the September 18th statewide vote on whether to approve the state using money from the trust fund to finance state agencies. The fear is that if the amendment is voted down, the education fund will be raided to help pay other state agency expenses. Teachers shouldn't have to play the part of pawns in a political chess game. Regardless of the outcome of the September 18th vote, education should be one of the most important things funded and money earmarked for it should be protected, not seen as a cash box we can use for robbing Peter to pay Paul. The future of our children and our state are too important. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?
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