As aÂ concerned parent who’s attended PTA meetings at the local offices of State Rep. Chuck DeVore and former State Senator Dick Ackerman seeking some equalization and downright fairness when it comes to per-pupil funding in Irvine (and other OC schools which are well below state average in per-pupil funding).Â What we come away with is “we can’t do anything” and “lobbyists control everything” and nasty messages about the “greedy California Teacher’s Union.”
My daughter started 5th grade today.Â There are 35 kids in her class.Â Now I know we have a number of conservative readers here who think teachers are overpaid and underperform (not in Irvine however). But that’s a bunch of bull.
Let me make a suggestion.Â Teach a single afternoon at a school.
Junior achievement offers programs that let you come into schools and do just that.Â I did this a few years ago at a school in Costa Mesa on International Trade.Â Junior Achievement gives you a lesson plan and all the materials.Â That was easy to use.Â What’s hard is keeping the kids engaged and holding their attention.Â It’s hard to get them to participate.Â And you can’t reach all of them.Â I was exhausted at the end of the day and have to tell you, even teachers at the high end of the scale are underpaid in my opinion.Â This is one of the hardest jobs out there and one that is so impactful for our country.
Despite the clear desire of parents in Irvine to work through the process in Sacramento to improve our funding status, ourt legislators have failed us and continue to fail us.Â
As a parent who values education, I pay “taxes” in the form of supporting multiple fundraisers, school auctions, and various sponsorships.Â I’d rather pay more state taxes to make sure our schools get the support they need.Â What’s clear is that we need state assembly and senate representation that clearly values education.Â
And for those pro-business Republicans, you need an educated workforce to be competitive.Â Keep undercutting education at your peril.