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Damn, I'm going to have to derail this whole post. I am not ashamed of doing things for my kids' school. I'm rather proud that I carry more than my fair share, certainly at the elementary school the last two are now at and apparently at the middle school Eldest attends. If we are to believe in public schools, if we are to send our kids there, then we really do need to do more than just pay our property taxes. Did I do as much when I worked full time? Nope. But did I at least do something? Hell, yeah. Hell, yeah.
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Tis hard times in California, especially for the public schools. It's been hard times. It's going to be hard times for
Naturally, discussion at the PTA meeting was dominated by a review of the cuts being considered by the board. I felt pity for the board member who also happens to be a parent of a kid at the school. [That's pretty hard for me to feel as I'm pretty much anti-politicians. Period. And, yeah, school board members are politicians.]
One woman started complaining about the media's role in sensationalizing the cuts and adding fuel to the rumor mill. "Can't you not have this get out like that? It makes our town look so bad. Everyone at work was talking about it."
I very nearly had to leave the meeting right then and there as I realized there were people actually agreeing with her. Are you kidding me? You want to let government entities meet in secret? [Okay, okay, national security, sure. I'll grant you that.]
These people aren't talking about how they're budgeting for their household expenses with their money. These people are talking about how they're budgeting for our kids' education with my money. With your money. With everyone's money.
I can't go to every school board meeting, every city council meeting, every county supervisor meeting, and so on. [Would that not be mind-numbingly painful or what?] But I want someone there. And I want her wearing a press badge.