...an anagram for "Carter Family".... in the hopes that each of you who visits this site enjoys reading the ongoing tales of our family... (hey, I'm a teacher at heart, and reading specialist, to boot) and the farm part, well.... I can't help but feel the words of a wise person are true: "Raising children is like being pecked to death by chickens."
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Save Our Schools
I am feeling cautiously optimistic, as it appears as though our efforts toward convincing our Board of Supervisors to amend the budget are working.... perhaps a compromise is in the works. I've teeter-tottered between feeling empowered and encouraged by the incredible show of solidarity among an enormously diverse group of people united, and feeling utterly despondent and brokenhearted that the efforts of hundreds might be squelched by the decision of 3. My letter to the Board:
Dear Board of Supervisors,
It is not often that we are given a second chance to make
something right after we’ve made a grave mistake. Your recent decision to cut over $2 million
from the school budget was a grave mistake.
The 11th hour decision came as a complete surprise to the
School Board members, to two of your fellow supervisors, and to the community
at large. Your “hardball politics” are
viewed by some as borderline unethical.
A good businessman would certainly understand why you cannot
advertise one rate and suddenly change that rate to something staggeringly
different; you cannot, for example, advertise that an ice cream cone costs
$1.50, yet when the customer comes to the register, announce that the price you
really meant was $3. Likewise, you
cannot advertise a tax rate increase of $0.68, but suddenly decrease that rate
drastically because of the influence of a single private group. You blindsided the School Board and the
community with your sudden change to a lower tax rate, and your decision does
not reflect the desire of the majority of voters – and taxpayers – in the
Despite the figures offered in various reports, the total
cost of your decision is immeasurable: it is the cost of our children’s
education and their future. You have
delivered them a devastating and crushing blow.
When we, the voters,
elected you, we did so because we trusted you to act in the best interests of
the citizens and to represent us fairly and accurately. You have done neither in your recent
vote. We believed that you were invested
and committed to a healthy, safe, educationally solid public school system;
your budget vote demonstrates otherwise.
Your decision does not reflect those whom you serve. You have made a grave mistake.
Therefore, I implore you to right your wrongdoing, to fix
your mistake. I do not believe for a
minute that any of you wishes to harm the students in this county, and I hold
fast to the belief that, upon deep reflection, you will come to realize the
error of your budget vote.
Thomas Jefferson stated, “Above all things I hope the
education of the common people will be attended to; convinced that on their
good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due
degree of liberty."
Amend the budget.
Restore $1.4 million to level funds.
Provide an additional $900,000 to fund the new high school. Only through these actions will you demonstrate
your commitment to our students, your investment into their future.