My son goes to one of California’s schools and it is unbelievable how things change for the worse every year. Budget cuts not only release teachers from their jobs but activities and classes are cut as well. In some schools, there is not enough learning materials to provide students in large classes. Some teachers are spending their own money to have the teaching supplies that they need. Being a parent brings great concern. What will change the next school year is always a mystery.
When teachers lose their jobs, it becomes a social problem. Communities are affected and feel robbed when it comes to education. These drastic changes occur in public schools, community colleges, state universities, and libraries. In 2011 and 2012, close to 20,000 teachers were not asked to return for the next school year. In 2013, only 3,000 pink slips were given and that was a relief to everyone. Thanks to Proposition 30, residents began to gain faith in the public school system again.
Residents of California feel that schools should be a priority but often feel that they are hopefully wishing. The California Lottery was suppose to resolve the financial problems with the public school system. Where the funds are going is a still a mystery. Property taxes in the State of California are extremely high even though they vary in every city and county. Residents of the state do not mind being taxes but want the money to be allocated properly and public schools is a the top of the list.
There is some changes in a few areas of the school system. Proposition 30 which passed in 2012 is a great contribution to that. It provides extra funds into school budgets. The contribution did save the jobs of many new teachers and allowed the schools to keep some of their extracurricular activities. The main argument is that children deserve a good education. A good education is the foundation that is needed to succeed in life. If that is not provided, who can we blame for the problems that may occur.
Noguchi, S. (2014, March 4). California schools issue few pink slips. Retrieved from http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_25345173/california-schools-issue-few-pink-slips.html