Occasionally on nights and weekends, you can catch Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher tweeting about a scary-sounding place called #AppropsHell.
— Lorena (@LorenaSGonzalez) April 2, 2017
I talked with Gonzalez Fletcher this week about just what goes on in this dark place.
But first some background: This is Gonzalez Fletcher’s second session as chair of the powerful Assembly Appropriations Committee, a financial gatekeeper through which any bill that comes with a price tag of $150,000 or more must pass.
Help Us Raise $100k By the End of May
Gonzalez-Fletcher and the rest of the Legislature simply don't get it. An education bill that provides 11k per pupil enrolled is just ludicrous. Ok. So you have to fight the ideologues that claim that spending more on public schools is money down the drain. That extra money goes to underserved communities. Why would those children deserve more? Really? Because the kids with families with money don't need the extra help. And, because the kids who need it need to help reduce the relief money for them.
I'm sorry but 11k per pupil is just...well, unjust. That was a figure as nearly adequate in 1985. Today, at least double that amount is necessary to promote attention to children who need more...at school. Teachers want what is right. At nearly 50k per year they are not shopping at Coronado Shores for an ocean view condo.
It is the responsibility of the California Legislature to stop the negative view of teachers.
Teachers contribute time and real money to advancing the improvement of the children they serve. In contrast, the Wall Street bunch, making a mess load of money, get tax breaks for doing ANYTHING extra.
Why is 11k simple ludicrous? Because it pretty much like Flint, Michigan. "Let's see how far we get spending next to nothing". Well, the people of Kansas know. How? The Federal judge there cleared up their alt-right nasal passages telling the governor there to start spending for education or get fined for violating equal protections.
So, how much is too much? You tell me. When you live in Encanto and the schools can't provide books, supplies, and curriculum to the public schools there, your child is cornered and..well, left behind. Oh, it's because of new teachers. Wrong.
Oh, it's because of a new principal. Wrong. Oh, it's because, it's because, it's because....blah, blah, blah. The children there need money to get the education they need. And, when you don't provide "shrinks", social workers, outreach consultants, and impact teachers, you get...well...less. Poor people need more, not less. That is just our society, our "just society".
When certain people talk about "dumping money" they are supporting vouchers, charter schools, private schools, and parochial schools. Public tax money cannot help these so-called alternative schools when public money is inadequate for established public schools.
When we get to the great levels of funding of the 1960s of public schools, children will be much, much better off. No one believes, except the alt-right, that teachers are begging to rake off money just to improve themselves. Teachers want help for the kids that need help in their classrooms.
@John H Borja More money for failing schools? BAD IDEA!