Prospective cuts by our school board [“SMMUSD begins layoff process” Feb 22 Daily Press], leave us feeling like outspoken Student Board member Mia Wachtel — moved to tears.

When all the school superintendent can offer is that school “employees will be given an opportunity to reapply if they wish to,” you know priorities are upside down. Here’s just one solution: Keep them employed and pay for it with the parking fines paid by tourists who meet Santa Monica children and appreciate how educated they are.

Many residents are also no doubt moved to write the Daily Press about this misguided plan.

Giovanni Natale and Hank Rosenfeld

Santa Monica

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