The public is welcome to discuss state education funding issues with a panel of local and state leaders Tuesday at a program sponsored by the Astoria branch of the American Association of University Women.

State Rep. Betsy Johnson, Astoria school librarian Cheryl Johnson and Lewis and Clark Elementary Principal Craig Hoppes will present how schools are meeting funding constraints, what that means and how they arrived at that process. After the panel discussion, there will be time to share public concerns on how taxpayers are willing to fund the Oregon they choose to live in.

Sara Meyer of the Astoria branch of AAUW said that the organization is working with citizens who want to better understand how they tax themselves for the services they want, with the intent of joining others to make the government responsible.

The panel discussion begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Flag Room of the Astoria Public Library, 450 10th St. For information, call Meyer at 325-7969.

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