Budget Cuts - How to Save My Education?
My school district has relied rather heavily on state aid because of it’s immensity and the strain of raised taxes on my town.
Thus, we have been hit very hard due to budget cuts.
We have one of the best music programs on Long Island, a very successful business department, honors classes that include AP college courses, an outstanding football team, etc.
On the chopping block for this year’s budget vote:
– All performing art programs (orchrestra, band, theater, etc.)
– All electives, save the barest minimum of what is needed to graduate
– Full day kindergarten, or possibly the existence of kindergarten
– All sports
– All clubs / extracurricular activites (National Honor Society and NJROTC included)
– Alternative Highschool Program
– The careers of 150 faculty and staff
– BOCES (help for borderline special needs students)
Basically my schoolday will consist of the four core classes and the barest amount of electives needed to graduate.
These cuts severely limit any chances of getting scholarships, which my town especially needs to send their kids to college.
Many of the students’ lives revolve around the performing arts, sports or business – football, track, cross-country, basketball, tennis, soccer, softball, baseball, field hockey; jazz band, orchrestra…
Teachers are not allowed to print out the addresses of the state governor/senators/legislators and hand them out in order to promote writing about saving our school, although they are on the school website.
It’s my personal life and career the state is taking away from.
How are the people supposed to adequately care for the enviroment, politics and jobs if they are are not educated? Do you agree or disagree that we should get state aid? What is your opinion on the nation-wide budget deficit? Where should what little money we have be going towards? I believe it is education.