If you have kids and live on the Central Coast of California, you better start advocating for education. Even if you are in college or have college age children, this applies to you too.
California seems to be taking the carpet out from underneath the educational system. From infancy through college level, all educational levels have been hit significantly hard. It is also a hit that is not likely to disappear any time soon. Instead it has been predicted that this down-slide in the educational funding may continue for at least another five years.
As a mom of two girls this is of great concern to me. The education of my children is paramount to their success in our society. If we limit or compromise on the education of our youth we are not only doing them a disservice but we are also going to cause a domino effect that will outlast the five years of deficit. It will continue on like a chain of dominoes causing more implications to not only the students and parents but to the society that they reside in.
As shown in many studies the criminal justice system will later be affected because these students will not have the proper education and many will slip through the cracks and end up in jail. Then the society will be faced with how to fund the jails to house these students who were short changed by their educational institutions.
In order to prevent this, we need to make education one of our priorities for the Central Coast of California. Whether that means doing local fundraisers and lobbying for more money from the government or just volunteering in your child's school. Whatever you can do will help and can make an impact.
As a mom of two I have a limited income and will be writing to my local government officials. Many 'mock' letters are available if you do a search to make this even easier then ever to do. You could even just take a few minutes and email the elected officials. For each letter or call they receive they count this as a certain number of constituents. So even though you are just one letter or phone call, you are counted for much more then that.
Also be sure to attend board meetings for the local schools, let your voice be heard that you support local education. If nothing else, the school officials will see the support for the students and teachers and they will want to work harder and fight more for your children.
Even if you are not a parent, if you own a business think of uneducated workers coming on board in the years to come. The detrimental effect on businesses will be part of that domino chain that unfortunately will perpetuate the cycle.