No California student is safe!
May 13, 2008
May 6, 2008
Every day during the afterschool program at Fairmount Elementary, students are allowed to choose their own activity for an hour or two. On Monday, eleven kindergarteners and first graders decided to help us get out our message instead of the usual free play or art projects. Here’s what they have to say:
Ava doesn’t like that the governor takes money because her kindergarten teacher got a pink slip. (The smiling man leaving the school is Schwarzenegger, carrying away the school’s money. Teachers and students are locked sadly inside.)
Fairmount Elementary took action leading up to May Day and the CA State budget revision process. Massive signs went up all around the school featuring impressive student artwork, eloquent and concise statements, and a very clear sentiment:
A student from City College, faced with the prospect of Schwarzenegger’s $4.8 billion cut from the education (kindergarten up through colleg-arten) budget for next year, shares bits of advice to help other students and teachers cope with the devastating impact of the proposed funding.
To the more than 10,000 teachers who have received pink slips over the past few months, Carmel says “Stop whining and go work in a jail!”
California spends, on average, over 5 times more per inmate than per student each year.