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May 1, 2009 at 10:00 PM

State education spending

Budget cuts kill newest jobs

As a music teacher with my job on the line [“Education cuts mean layoffs of newest teachers,” NWWednesday, April 19], I think many people — especially younger teachers — feel the same way I do.

Low on the Totem Pole

There’s no way to tell for certain

If I’m coming back next year.

They might just close the curtain

On my entire career.

Sure, I hardly get paid a dime,

That’s less than most of my peers.

But I guess my only crime

Has been working only three years.

I’m low on the totem pole

But not the lowest — that’s really swell.

I think of all those lowly souls

Who don’t stand a blessed chance in … teaching.

There’s no way to tell for certain

If I’m coming back next year.

But if I must change my profession,

I’m going to be a political engineer.

— Justin Galicic, Federal Way

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