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Lincoln-Way Students Start Online Petitions to Fight for JROTC

Students and parents are standing up for JROTC—a program they say has made a major difference in their lives.

Linoln-way District 210 students and alumni want to keep their JROTC program—and they're looking for others who do, too.

Students are circulating an online petition for the program, which is destined for elimination due to increased district- and state-wide budgetary woes. 

ROTC is a program that teaches students discipline, leadership, responsibility, respect, character building, problem solving and other useful traits the students will actually be able to utilize in their adult lives, reads a statement on the petition.

"Something need to be done since this is such a great program for our students," as seen on the statement. 

A second petition has been started on Change.org

This program has saved lives of cadets of the Lincoln-Way comminuty highschool since 1996. Lives of depressed teenagers, kids with troubled home lives, and the non-accepted teens were legitimately pulled out of the darkness that surrounded them with the help of caring and loving instructors and fellow ROTC cadets. Students are not ready to lose the program that has made such an impact on them, the petition reads.

"We're trying to find expenditures (to cut) that will be least disruptive (to the district," said Community Relations Director Stacy Holland. 

The 403 students districtwide currently participating will be allowed to stay in through graduation—incoming members of the class of 2018 will not be allowed to enroll. 

Find out more about why the program will be cut from District 210.

Karen Carroll February 03, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Community Relations Director Stacy Holland states, "We're trying to find expenditures (to cut) that will be least disruptive (to the district." In conjunction, we the residents are not ready for a tax increase to cover increases in the current or additional expenditures. So maybe the parents and students who have benefited most from the program, and want to keep it going, can work with the district to find a creative way to fund JROTC that is acceptable to all the Lincoln Way Community . I would be all for it, as long as it DOES NOT involve increasing my taxes, they're already much to high!
Edith L February 03, 2014 at 02:01 PM
To bad they article does state that the salaries of the instructors are partially subsidized by the government. The instructors all have multiple Master Degrees, which would cost the district a lot more if they belonged to the teachers union. Also the school does not pay the instructors for the extra-curriculum activities as they do the other teachers. Plus the government pays for all the text books, uniforms, etc. I do not know of any other class that is subsidized as JROTC. Plus once these kids go into PE they most likely will have to hire extra teachers which will cost more than JROTC program.

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