“Budget cuts should not punish students and the future of this state,” Kaitlyn Spore, student representative to the district Board of Education and a Mission Viejo High senior, told the crowd. “It is our hope that we can send a strong message to the governor that education must be a priority.”
Last night, some 4,000 people showed up at Mission Viejo High School to protest the state budget education cuts. Students, parents, and educators from all over the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (inland South County) showed up to speak out. Why? Apparently, because they don’t think they deserve to be punished by Arnold & the Legislature.
Under Arnold’s proposed 2008-09 budget, SVUSD would lose $19.3 million in crucial state funds. That would mean larger class sizes in grades 1-3, an end to the International Baccalaureate program in high schools, and 228 teachers losing their jobs. Wow. No wonder why folks all over the district are angry about these budget cuts.
So what can be done to protect our schools from these cuts? What can Sacramento do to stop passing the pain to public schools? What can be done differently to balance the budget while still investing in our kids’ futures?
I want to hear what you have to say about the continued education budget cut controversy. Are you as angry as these folks in South County are? And if so, what do you propose the state do differently? Go ahead and have your say.