Today is S.O.S. Thursday! If you will notice there is a new DONATION link at the top of the blog. PLEASE consider donating. If you aren't convinced that our childrens education is in jepordy, please read below. If you believe in education and believe that WE, the community of VACAVILLE, can make a difference in OUR childrens' education then please GIVE ANYTHING you can. We are trying to do something different than any other place in the country. WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO BE SELF-RELIANT!
Yesterday, during dinner, my family was discussing a news story that my husband heard on KGO. "Kansas City board OK's plan to close nearly half of schools" . I thought he was wrong, there is NO WAY that our country thinks it is OK to punish the children of our nation in this SERIOUS FASHION. This is a problem happening everywhere. I decided to research the story and found out it is TRUE. CNN reported that Kansas City school board approved the plan to cose 28 of their 61 schools. They literally will have 6yr olds and 8 yr olds going to school with 12th graders. Is that scary or what?
Last Wednesday,the New York Times reported that, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican in his last year of office, said the layoffs and reductions in courses carried out by some schools in the state were “terrible.” The bottom line, he said, was that “they need much more money.”
Last week many of you received a little literature about what the budget cuts here is SOLANO COUNTY and VACAVILLE look like for our kids. Here is a higlight:
Solano County is getting $96.4 MILLION in reductions between 2009-2011, affecting 67,203 students! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?
Vacaville Unified School District, 13,166 students, is getting $24.5 MILLION in budget rectuions between 2009-2011. THAT IS 1/4 of our budget, in the last two, years getting CUT. There will be MORE certificated layoffs, even with a retirement incentive program including 65 retiring teachers. The layoffs of classified employees is pending. The proposed cuts for 2010-2011 include:
*Class size reduction eliminated for grades K-3
*Increased class sizes in grades 4-12
*Close two elementary schools
*Cuts to athletics, music & art.
This is a tragedy, BUT, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
The Support Our Students Committee, has decided to take a stand, and we hope that you will stand with us. We are trying to raise as much money as possible, so that we can try to "preserve the integrity of OUR schools". We know we can't solve the whole problem, but if we can raise some money, ANY amount of money, it can help our little town of VACAVILLE make a difference in the lives of 13,166 children.
If you would like to help us in our efforts, PLEASE push the donation button at the top of this blog. It is a tax write off, it will help our children and you will be joining in OUR effort to be SELF-RELIANT. OUR CHILDREN DESERVE IT!