Congressman Michael San Nicolas wants to ensure sufficient funding for the Guam Department of Education.
In a letter to Sen. Joe S. San Agustin, the legislature’s appropriations committee chairman, San Nicolas urged him to not reduce local appropriations to education just because Guam is receiving federal funds.
“For decades we have all seen education underfunded due to budgetary constraints, with no textbooks and broken facilities being the norm rather than the exception. We have also heard and recited the mantra that education is a priority, all the while underfunding primary and post-secondary education routinely,” San Nicolas wrote.
Now that Guam has significant federal funding on top of initial local commitments, San Nicolas said the lack of resources can no longer be used as an excuse to not adequately take care of education.
“We are in direct communication with our education leaders, working with them to expand opportunities we never had before, and we encourage Chairman San Agustin to protect our local education funding for the sake of our future, our educators, and our school children,” San Nicolas stated.