Don’t play political football with schools |

Don’t play political football with schools

The budget cuts to education Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed will have disturbing effects in the schools that have helped to define the quality of life in Nevada County. Class sizes will swell, and programs will lose funding needed to offer high quality services.

As a teacher with more than 25 years of experience in public education, I have never seen anything like this. While all of us must tighten our belts in these fiscally uncertain times, what the governor is proposing (rescinding Proposition 98) will put a stranglehold on effective classroom instruction.

It should be noted that these proposed budget cuts come just after our legislators accepted a pay raise for themselves! I therefore am putting out a call to action to our community to write, call or e-mail our governor, Sens. Aanestad and Cox and/or Assemblyman Rick Keene and let your voices be heard.

We should not play political football with schools. We should not expect our children to once again suffer the consequences of adult mismanagement. Instead, legislators must create a budget that reflects the value we must place on the young people in this state. To do anything less is outrageous.

Louise McFadden

Grass Valley

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