Being deeply entrenched in all things money, I see first-hand the link between quality education and real, lasting economic success. The better schools you attend, the greater the chance you'll find and prepare for work that will provide satisfaction and financial stability. This is not to say that other factors (such as parent involvement) don't count or that some people don't overcome the odds and attain wealth and happiness without attending or graduating from college, but I'm talking the basics here: kindergarten though high school.
The sad fact is that California public schools are in jeopardy. Many are wonderful now, but as the Chron's Jill Tucker reports, 113 million in funding cuts over two years will change all that. Teachers are facing lay-offs, class size will swell to unmanageable numbers, and programs that make schools appealing to students will be slashed. Want to make kids dislike and devalue formal learning? This will do it. And as a society, we can't afford to have children reject education. Those who do are more likely to make poor financial and lifestyle choices when they reach adulthood, draining the resources of the population at large.
Every child in San Francisco (and the Bay Area, California, America, the world) needs and deserves high-quality education. Excellent schools with classes that go beyond bare-bones fundamentals, enough books and materials for each student, a safe and pleasant learning environment, and passionate, well-qualified teachers should not be only reserved for children with affluent parents.
Do you agree or disagree? Speak your mind at the Town Hall meeting, Public Education: Funding our Future on February 25th, at Marina Middle School in San Francisco. Moderated by Michael Krasny, host of KQED's radio show Forum, the panelists include:
Mark Leno, California State Senator
Fiona Ma, California State Assembly
Tom Ammiano, California State Assembly
Carlos Garcia, SFUSD Superintendent of schools
Debbie Look, California State PTA, Dir. of Legislation
Jim Lazarus, SF Chamber of Commerce, Sr. V.P. Policy
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
SFGate: Excellent education: a right or a privilege?
SFGate City Brights columnist and SFUSD parent Erica Sandberg wrote a blog post about the budget cuts and the upcoming Town Hall meeting at Marina Middle School on February 25. Here's an excerpt: