Today is a day of action here in California. The public school system is in dire straits and cannot withstand anymore cuts in their budget. I would already be concerned as a normal matter of course as a citizen but being married to a public school teacher, it has all the more meaning and heartbreak and sense of immediacy.
From the Stand Up For Schools website:
- In the last two years, $17 billion was cut from schools and colleges.
- Entire art, music and PE programs were eliminated.
- More than 16,000 educators were laid off.
Per the Protect Our Students, Protect Our Schools website, my husbands school district alone is looking at over 16 million in budget cuts.
I hope you will take a moment today and think about the state of public education and I hope you will be moved to stand up for schools. They desperately need your care, concern and your voice.
Climbing down from my soap box now.