Better education or bigger wallets?
I am in disbelief!!! As everybody in California knows, the State has really big money problems and for some reason it always ends up affecting the schools, although somebody in the Government promises that it will not. Yet again we are in desperate need of money to save many of our wonderful teachers, keep our libraries open and to keep class sizes reasonable... almost $ 3 million for Belmont/Redwood-Shores school district... and once again it is the parents that have to step up to the plate. But what parent wouldn't?
At least that is what I thought until I received an e-mail from School-Force this week stating that only 45% of families have donated so far. Honestly I am a little puzzled. Why would less than 1/2 of the families only donate to something so important? Of course I understand the whole logic about not having to spend money because it is a public school and many have looked forward getting their child away from the expensive monthly expenses pre-school demands. But most of us, in California, spent more on a single month of pre-school than the school district is currently asking for one year. Are the kids not worth it?
When discussing this with my daughter's pediatrician the other day, she mentioned that many prefer keeping the money in the bank, because they feel that they should not have to pay for public education. But then I have to go back to my previous question..... are our kids not worth less money in the bank and better education?
Having donated more than requested, I probably feel a little anger too. Why should we try and go out of our way to give so much, when so many do not seem to care? They are talking about increasing class sizes from 20 to maybe 25 or 30 students. Personally I feel that it is a BIG increase. It is hard enough for the teachers to get around to everybody with only 20 students and to make sure that each student understands what is being taught. So how many will fall behind if the classes become even bigger?Continued on the next page