Delegate: don’t cut funding for education
Of the. Mike San Nicolas wrote to Sen. Joe San Agustin, Chair of the Appropriations Committee, urging the senator not to cut local funding for education, despite increasing levels of federal funding on the island.
“For decades we have all seen education underfunded due to budget constraints, with the absence of faulty textbooks and facilities being the norm rather than the exception,” the delegate wrote in a letter of 4 may.
San Nicolas argued that the underfunding of Guam’s Department of Education was a routine problem long before the pandemic.
“Now that we have significant federal funding on top of our initial local commitments, we can no longer use lack of resources as an excuse, and we shouldn’t suddenly turn our backs on education at a time when we should put our best foot forward, ”said the delegate.
The pandemic situation has offered an opportunity to strengthen education in a way that has not been done in decades, he said.
The letter says the delegate has been in touch with Superintendent Jon Fernandez and the presidents of the University of Guam and Guam Community College to identify value-added propositions that the education system can commercialize.
“It is clear that our education system will need to keep every federal and local dollar available and we humbly ask you to ensure that local credits remain at current levels or increase,” said the delegate.
Several attempts were made to contact the San Agustin office to comment on the issue, but none were received on Friday.