As residents and parents of children in the Brookline public school system, we believe action on revenue increases is urgently needed to avoid the kinds of cuts currently proposed for next year\'s schools budget. The impact on our children\'s education of cutting literacy specialists, math specialists, library assistants, psychologists, Steps to Success, and homework centers would be significant and long-term. The Board of Selectmen can act now to raise the Town\'s general fund budget by almost $2 million-- of which the schools would get half -- by raising parking meter fees and garbage ccllection fees. We believe that the residents of this town, who have always supported the schools system, would readily support such a move to avoid the kinds of cut-backs that the Superintendent has described. All of Brookline loses when our schools cannot afford to maintain the quality programming that draws people to the town. Please continue to make this a community that is committed to its children and act now to raise revenues.
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