I’m tired of cuts to art and music programs. I’m tired of seeing teachers establish “Go Fund Me” accounts for just basic supplies. I’m tired of seeing veteran teachers leave the classroom because they can’t afford to feed and clothe their families. I’m tired of seeing new teachers get overcrowded classrooms because school divisions are unable to hire a full cadre of new employees. I’m tired of coming home with a paycheck my non-educator friends find laughable.
One of my friends, a self-proclaimed Libertarian, likes to proclaim that “money can’t solve all our problems.” While this may or may not be true, how would we know? Our General Assembly has not once lived up to its constitutional mandate to fully fund the state’s share of K-12 costs. Not once.