In connection with Katie Couric's CBS reporting on Children of the Recession, SV Mom's Blog is dedicating all of today's posts to personal accounts of how the recession is affecting their contributors and their families. The following is my story:
Sacramento is a sinkhole. The more tax dollars we contribute, the more our futures get sucked down into their soiled, political toilet. Los Angeles' sales tax is at an astonishing 9.25%. Parking meter rates have doubled. Living in this city has become impossible if not downright imbecile. The cost of living here is skyrocketing, while the quality of our social services, employment, the value of our homes, are plummeting. And our children, by way of having their education budgets slashed and burned, are the most innocent victims in all this political infighting and incompetence.
Both of my children go to public school. We have an active and generous parent body, more so than many schools in the LAUSD, nevertheless, I still watch from the front lines as our most promising new teachers are fired, as our Assistant Principal is let go, as our already parent--funded programs such as art, music, drama, and P.E. are threatened, because those monies have to be diverted to hire additional teachers to keep class size down and other necessities, that should be, and have previously been, funded by the government and district.
One newscaster, while covering the budget crisis, the looming teacher's strike and the parent rally, had the nerve to pose this editorial question to the parents, on air,
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