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Cut wasteful spending to help schools
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Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

Do parents want their children to really learn or do they want them to be merely baby sat? Every parent with a school child needs to decide that and very soon.  The future of your child is at stake.  Are you going to be willing to take a stand and have your voice heard?  Or will you stand by and do nothing?  This is too important to ignore.

 I am not a teacher, but my two daughters are as well as my son-in-law. I do have a college degree.  Last year I volunteered two afternoons a week in my older daughter’s second grade classroom.  She had 24 students, from various ethnic backgrounds.  The children were a delight and I really enjoyed working with them.  I was there because two of the children were having a problem reading.  Their mother spoke very little English and the fathers worked long hours to support their families.  They needed extra help and with 24 kids in her classroom my daughter was unable to give them the additional attention and individual time they needed.  She was so concerned that she was getting headaches trying to figure out how to resolve this problem.  In I came.  

What did I learn?  Well I learned that the younger the children the smaller the class size needs to be.  Young children need to learn the basics and they can’t do that with large class sizes.  I learned that teachers with younger age children could use volunteers to help in their classes.  I learned that the smaller the class size, the better chance the child will succeed.  And I also learned that teachers have a very hard job.  Most teachers are caring and concerned about their students.  They spend hours at home preparing their lessons and correcting papers.  The future of our country depends on these young people.  Do you really want them to be merely baby sat or do you want them to be the very best they can be?

 If you care, don’t sit on the sidelines while our Democratic State Legislature destroys their future.    Let them know that you want education first.  We don’t need a high speed rail, sex change operations for prisoners,  state workers to have state cars, large staffs, more state workers, prison guards that get more perks than one can imagine,  and retirees getting six figure pensions that we can’t afford.  There is so much waste in Sacramento it’s a crime.  Stop the waste.  Take care of our needs first including teachers, police, and firemen,  and quit trying to fool the majority saying we can’t afford it.  Stop threatening to make cuts in the essentials, so you can ignore the real problem. The fact is for the last five years our Democratic Legislature had increased spending and not cut it like they promised to do five years ago when we passed the last tax increases.

Stop letting them try to pull the wool over your eyes. Send email, write letters, and phone them.  Enough is enough.  Now is the time to make a difference.  Act!

Linda Silverman
May 10, 2011