The Politicization of Prince William County Children – Op-Ed from Lee Price

 

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As many of you know by now, last week the Prince William County school system sent 86,000 children home with a flyer to give to their parents regarding the current budget debate on the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors. This blatant politicization has not only forced our children into the delivery of factually incorrect and incredibly misleading information to their parents, but using our children to make that political point is a blatant abuse of the responsibility and authority we have bestowed upon these individuals.

Not only did the responsible parties abuse their positions to make a political point, but they chose to do so in a format that cost the taxpayers between $20,000 and $30,000 instead of cheaper alternatives that would have cost the taxpayers pennies on the dollar in comparison. While the whole point of this flyer was to show that there is not a single cent of excess in the Prince William County school budget, they decided to spend enough money out of their budget to have paid for an additional school bus driver for an entire year, or half of the annual salary of a full-time teacher in Prince William County on this one flyer.

Despite their attempt to mislead thousands of Prince William residents into believing that the Board of County Supervisors is going to cut some of the most emotional and essential services within our school system, this never has – and is not right now – the truth of the matter.

The people of Prince William County, and specifically the people of Woodbridge, deserve better. Inflammatory rhetoric, incredibly misleading charts that disguise the truth, and using our children to deliver this message is wrong. The parties responsible for this misguided attempt to sway public favor through the use of our children must be held accountable.

This debate is about the future of Prince William County. I meet people in Woodbridge almost every single day when I am going door to door, speaking with local business owners, or volunteering in our community that tell me about the tough choices they have to make every month in order to get by.

A member of our community should not be forced to decide between having enough money for three decent meals every day or paying their bills on time because our county government claims it cannot survive off of the exact amount of money that they just finished using the year before and decides that it needs 6.3% more when we can prove that it does not.

The people of Woodbridge and the people of Prince William County as a whole deserve better than what they are getting from members of our government and school system

Lee Price

Candidate for Woodbridge District Supervisor


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