Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Pulse on America

I wanted to check the pulse of America's education system. How are your schools doing with this recession? I am 46 years old and have never seen anything like it. I knew things were bad but never thought education would take a hit. Why? Because we have the lottery and casino's like you wouldn't believe. I can remember the sales pitch when gaming was first's going to do great things for our schools. Our education will be some of the best. This is so not true! Our school recently had to lay off 14 staff members . The school board met with the community last night to share there is more to come unless we allow them to do a tax referendum. It was packed out last night. Standing room only and the diversity was amazing. People in this community truly care about these kids. Young, old, unemployed, teachers, parents and grandparents.
I sub a lot and have the opportunity to see a little bit more than the average parent. Recently the temperature in the school came way down, I mean it's cold in there. The teachers warned me to bring a jacket . No complaining just bring a jacket. Lights must go out if I'm not in the room , watch paper use and one day the sixth grade hall was being swept by the teachers. They are willing to do whatever it takes to save another friends job. This amazes me especially after learning that their pay is ranked 294 out of 296 in the state but test scores and overall school rating is 13th. One teacher told me she just wanted the kids to see them being good stewards of what he has given us. I love that we moved here 3 years ago !!
My brothers children will have to pay $375 to ride the bus next year and pay to play sports. Another surrounding community is closing 5 schools and consolidating to one high school.
What's your community up too?
So tonight when our President speaks I'm hoping he is going to address the education crisis in this country. Don't think it will happen because I truly believe he doesn't have a pulse on America!!!

1 comment:

holly said...

Can I get an AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11