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longer tout local public education as a benefit of living in the City of Eugene. She asked the City Council to <br />stand up for the city’s children. <br /> <br />Jennifer Geller <br />, 2069 Olive Street, stated that she has two children in School District 4J and is a member of <br />Stand for Children. She asked the City to appeal the repeal of the levy. She said the State was currently <br />funding education at $428 less per student than it did in 1992. She felt the funding limit had come at a time <br />when schools were asked to do more and when fixed costs continued to increase. She hoped the community <br />would continue to work on adequate funding because the public education system was essential for young <br />people, the economy, and society at large. She urged the council to exhaust all legal options available before <br />a “radical anti-tax individuals” sacrifice the public good for their personal benefit. She asked the City, if it <br />chose not to appeal the recent rulings, to pursue other options available, such as referring a different kind of <br />levy to the voters so that the local school districts could continue to provide excellent education for the <br />community’s children. <br /> <br />Betsy Boyd <br />, 2190 Washington Street, asked the City to appeal the tax court decision that found the <br />categorization method for 20-67 unconstitutional. She also wished to thank the City for initially placing the <br />levy on the ballot. She explained that she participated with the original group of parents that worked to ask <br />the City Council to do so. Ms. Boyd said she also served as a member of the School District 4J Budget <br />Committee. She related that those who had been involved with the campaign believed the tax court judge <br />made a mistake in saying that all services when delivered within a school take on the character of education. <br />She underscored that the activity levy clearly kept close track of services, such as sports, music, physical <br />education, library, counselors, school nurses and costs associated with maintaining gymnasiums and <br />facilities. She averred that those activities were separate from core curricular instructional time, funded <br />under the State school funding formula. She said the recent repeal by the courts clearly thwarted the will of <br />the voters. She reminded the council that leadership for the levy had come from parents and city officials. <br />She averred that the community still relied upon its leadership to make sure the community stayed strong <br />and provided its youth with access to a range of activities that would otherwise be unavailable to them. <br /> <br />th <br />Jasper Freedom <br />, 972 West 4 Avenue, a fifth grader at the Family School, spoke on behalf of LEAD. He <br />stated LEAD’s mission to develop the leadership skills of low-income teens, empowering them to address <br />community problems and change the world. Through LEAD, young people were taught leadership skills, <br />public speaking, and how to have fun in the outdoors. He said LEAD also worked to enhance self- <br />confidence and self-esteem within teens, teens that often had few positive role models outside of LEAD. He <br />underscored that young people in the LEAD program were in school, were not in the juvenile justice system, <br />and were committed to live within the law. He related that former members of LEAD, which began in 1998, <br />were now high school graduates who were attending college or working in the community. He stated that <br />LEAD was growing and wished to be able to support more teens, but it needed the support of the community <br />in order to do so. He reported that LEAD cost nearly $100,000 in 2005 and served 47 teens. He pointed <br />out, as a point of comparison, that it cost approximately $50,000 per year to house one juvenile offender. <br />He stressed that it was much cheaper to fund LEAD for teens that it was to put young people in jail. In <br />closing, he stated that LEAD gave him the self-confidence to speak to the council and to “be who I am.” He <br />promised the council that LEAD representatives would return for the next council meeting and would <br />continue to testify until they had a teen center. <br /> <br />Jessica Spaulding <br />, 120 Aberdeen Street, said she had been involved with LEAD for two seasons. She <br />shared that LEAD recently received two anonymous donations totaling $15,000 to help finance a teen <br />center. She related that two of the teens, with the support of two staff members, held the first of an ongoing <br />series of trainings called “Empowering Teens,” which 30 people attended. She said LEAD had been invited <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council -- February 27, 2006 Page 2 <br /> City Council Meeting <br /> <br />