Support Our Children Now!
Original post made by Jerry Shelly, Amador Valley High School, on May 1, 2009
From reading the negative press on Measure G it is very obvious to me that these negative individuals have not taught in the classroom, were once involved in the system and had a bad experience or are just unhappy and not to fond of children. It is a simple problem to address. The state level has cut funding to all schools, not just the Pleasanton District. If you stop being negative and follow the news or drive around other communities you will find that the poor state budget has hindered all districts and forcing them to make drastic decisions to make deep cuts. During my thirty-four tenure in this district I have seen these threatening times come and go, but never in a time when the country is suffering as a whole. The times have made many upset, stressed and angry, but many of the individuals who are against Measure G have had children in this fine school system and had their say and way for years. Most of the people against the measure do not feel the fear or pain of the 300 employees plus who have received layoff notices. These notices are changing life styles and causing undo stress in the lives of good teachers who deserve more. Important programs will be cut and many children will suffer. How can any of the opposition dare to say that putting thirty plus young children in one room will not have a negative impact on learning. Teachers will not get raises or more money, only jobs will be saved. Surrounding districts have passed measures like G and some have passed numerous such funding programs. Brentwood has passed six such measures adding to over four hundred dollars to tax bills, yet no one complains. No one complains because they all pull together to make children come first. No need to throw stones, our politicians are doing that for us. Vote on Measure G to help our schools or not, but stop making up things to destroy it. You community figure heads who make up things to make public gains need to find something else to do to pass the time. Lets all grow up and keep the great system we have worked so long to build.