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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Things to Think About the Next Time You Vote

1. Children should have a nice, safe bus to ride to school. With today's economy, it is almost impossible for families to have a stay-at-home parent. So when the children are released at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon and both parents are still at work, what are happening to those kids that live within 2 miles of the school? Are they to walk home alongside a roadway where the speed limit is 45 mph and vehicles are traveling 50-55 mph? Are they to walk to their daycare because the busses will no longer deliver them there?

2. No child should have to worry about whether or not they will have art , music, or gym class. No child should have to witness their beloved art teacher with tears brimming in her eyes while she tells the children of her impending doom.

3. No child should have to "pay to play" any sport or music program. Do you realize how many children that play sports or are a member of the band, continue to keep their grades up so they can continue to participate in these programs? How many of these children come from families that cannot afford to pay the $300 per sport participation price? My guess is quite a few. My guess is these are the same kids that will drop out of school if they have no incentive to attend.

As you can probably guess, our local school levy did not pass. The third try was not a charm. If we don't put money into the schools, then we are giving up on society in general. The trickle down effect will be much greater than anyone can fathom.


  • At 10:15 AM , Blogger annelynn said...

    I heartily agree with you. The thing is, I wonder - and I know this varies from state to state - how is it that millions of dollars go into schools and this is still happening? I don't know enough to speak to the cause, and I know I should learn. However, in this state (NY), we are taxed nearly to death, and still the schools cry out for more. And still we have children graduating and being unable to work at the college level! It seems to me that we need to trim down the government. It is unwieldy. There are too many layers between the funding and the actual schooling.

    I agree with you completely - I never had to pay for my uniforms when I ran track and cross country. We did do fund-raising things, and I think that's a part of growing up; I don't think parents should be having to pay hundreds of dollars just to have their child play an instrument or a sport.

    It just seems to me that the government is a big, bloated monstrosity - pork barrel projects alone could tell you that.

    I don't have an answer. I hear you, though, and I am upset too.

  • At 10:26 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...

    Since you said I couldn't resist a peek, you made me unable to resist.

    Our kids can ride the bus to school, for a price. I remember when the bus was free.

    We only live a mile from the school, but there are no sidewalks and we have the same traffic situation.

    Art class, what's that?

    I want to know where all that money the California lottery was going to raise for schools went.

    We managed to pass a bond measure, but I'm sure it will only be a drop in the bucket.

    Or maybe it's a drop in the colander!

  • At 12:01 PM , Blogger His suzy said...

    I'm thankful that the schools here were pretty good when I went here and continue to be as such. Our school levy passed, which we were watching closely since my mom works for the schools. Thankfully, as far as I know, no one has to pay to play here, and the community still seems to value education enough to keep the money coming in. It's not a wealthy town or school district, but it's apparently enough, and I'm so glad for that.

  • At 11:58 AM , Blogger Liz said...

    Roxanne for Congress!

    I don't have kids, but I think that what is good for kids and their parents is good for everyone.

  • At 4:26 PM , Blogger Invader Stu said...

    I agree with Liz.

    I don't have kids either but if I did I would hope their school is good and well funded.


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