Will you trade bombs for teachers?

By March 21, 2011

On Thursday night, March 17, the Davis school board discussed a resolution proposed by 25 Teachers’ Salaries, the grassroots campaign for public school funding. This resolution asked the California Legislature to pass a resolution asking Congress to pass a bill we have written called America’s Weapons Rebate to Education Act.

This bill will re-allocate a percentage of the Department of Defense weapons budget to the states for hiring K-12 teachers and other educators.

Bruce Colby, the district’s chief budget officer, gave a detailed presentation before the discussion of our resolution describing the present and projected financial condition of the Davis school district for the next three years. He said in 2012-13, the district may be facing a deficit of $11 million. This is more than one-sixth of a $65 million budget.

The following year, the Davis school district may be “financially insolvent.” And yet the trustees, with one exception (Sheila Allen) have no plan for how to pay the district’s bills. They are not interested in making a plan. They need to raise revenues by finding a new source. They all eagerly opposed our resolution but how are they going to pay the district’s bills? Such disregard and lack of planning is appalling.

The trustees are content to sit back and watch and let the stuff hit the fan in 2012-13, which will devastate the Davis school district. When you ask them why they didn’t do anything (other than a parcel tax, which cannot raise $11 million), they will just blame the state of California for cutting spending, as if there was nothing they could do. This is a lack of leadership, vision, creativity and dedication to the schools.

Will you get involved?  Adding your voice to this campaign does make a difference. Contact us at [email protected]

Mark Graham


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