Since the revelation that this country is going into a recession, not just a slowdown, and the housing market is collapsing, the state and cities have found themselves short of funds. Call this an effect of the "spend it if you have it, or even if you don't" philosophy that has prevailed for years.
We are faced with a deficit and the governor's plan is to cut wildly. Prudent cuts can help, but cutting education is as wrong as it gets. Federal mandates have limited what students can experience, and now the governor wants to cut district funding to the point that they have to cut entire programs, transportation, librarians and counselors.
The people who lose their jobs will make the unemployment situation worse, or they will leave the state to find work elsewhere.
Cutting funds to schools may well result in losing more kids from the schools or degrading the education we are providing. We can ill afford either. Sacramento, it is time for you to return to the drawing board. Invest in our children now, keep them in school and reap a huge benefit in the future.
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