Educated Children + Supported Teachers = A Better Community for ALL!

I wrote my last post about the lack of support for teachers in Arizona based on a personal experience.  I am sad to say things are far worse than I thought.

I wanted to do something to positively impact change to empower teachers, from a partially selfish perspective as a student hoping to become a teacher, and a parent of two small boys.  I reached out to people to see if there was some way I could help.

A friend responded that if I was talking about the proposed 2015-2016 education budget cuts, I should contact my state legislators TODAY.  Huh?  Then my son’s school sent an invitation to a meeting to discuss the $5.5 million that is anticipated to be cut from our school district, including $55,000 from our particular school.  What?

I went looking for answers, and came across this:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2015/02/19/superintendents-urge-parents-protest-school-budget-cuts/23678925/

As I understand it, superintendents are generally reluctant to bring attention to budget cuts, but in this case, things are so bad they are issuing letters and making youtube videos to stop this budget from going into action.

The governor would have you believe this will mean more money put into the classroom.  It’s smoke and mirrors.  More money put into the classroom by cutting necessary support to teachers. This video from a school district explains it pretty well.

I know money doesn’t grow on trees, but this is one budget that can’t be cut any more!  A starting teacher in AZ will make about $5,000 less than the national average. The average elementary school teacher salary in AZ is about $12,000 less than the national average. AZ spends about $3,000 less per student than the national average.  We can not continue to undervalue our teachers and students and expect quality results.

Schools need your help NOW!  Please contact your legislators and tell them not to put this budget into practice.  Don’t know who they are?  I didn’t either- but you can find them here:

http://www.azleg.gov/MemberRoster.asp?Body=&SortBy=2

Don’t forget the man behind this budget. Contact him too:

http://azgovernor.gov/

Many schools are holding meetings to discuss this issue. Contact your school to see how this affects you.  If you happen to go to Kyrene de la Colina, there is a meeting on Monday, February 23 at 6pm in the library.  I plan on attending and am happy to take your concerns with me.

Maybe you are retired and don’t have kids in school. Maybe you don’t have kids and feel like you don’t need to worry about these issues.  Maybe your kids go to private school (like the Governor’s) and these budget cuts will not affect your school.  An educated society benefits EVERYONE! This issue does affect YOU! Please show children and teachers you believe in them and value learning.

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