Education in in a "State of Emergency"
Education, Education, Education. This week – schools are public issue number one as teachers – students – and parents are holding demonstrations from New York to California to protest cuts to education budgets. In what they are calling a weeklong “state of emergency” – the California Teachers Association is holding a sit-in at their state capital in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed $7 billion cut to education.
In the last three years – the state has seen its education budget whittled down by $20 billion and more than 30,000 teachers laid off – now the teachers union is saying, “enough is enough.” Also – inspired by activist teachers in Wisconsin – New York City teachers are holding a march this week in opposition to Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed cuts to education that will lay off thousands of educators. Tens of thousands of people are expected to join in the march from City Hall to Wall Street to demand that banksters – and not teachers – pay up for what they did to the economy.
Has our morality decayed so much that we rejoice banksters on Wall Street making hundreds of million in bonuses – yet yell and scream about teachers earning a meager 50K?