Our California leaders are on the verge of blowing it, and our children are going to pay the price. The current budget proposal depends on revenue generated from a not-yet-passed November initiative—but even kindergartners know the school year starts months before that. Our schools can't pay for teachers and programs with money they don't have and might never get.
I am asking our legislature to do its job and create a balanced budget with no cuts to education. California is falling drastically behind in every educational measure for student success including: dropout rates, test scores, funding per pupil, and teacher-student ratios. If our education system continues its demise we may never recover. I implore our state leaders to make our children and the future of our state a priority again.
At our school, , we are looking at averaging to $140 per student. This will create a loss of basic services like our librarian, our reading specialist and other important student services.
Please visit educateourstate.org and watch the video showing the cuts education has already taken as well as how we rank last in almost all measured funding categories in the country.
I urge people to use the website educateourstate.org to send letters to their elected assemblyman or assemblywoman and the governor asking them to stop cutting education! It only takes two minutes!
If you would like to submit a Letter to the Editor, you can do so by emailing it to editor Marlena Medford at firstname.lastname@example.org.