Bake Sales and Bombers

I’m sure we’ve all heard the quotation: “It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.”

Defense spending is understandably important for our country. But, this is an education blog, and I won’t go any further on the defense spending topic…

However, why is it that our schools, our institutions of learning, the educational foundation of every citizen’s life, struggles to keep a balanced budget.

In the struggle to keep those budgets balanced, our schools often lose good programs and services for our students. We see special education programs reduced; art, music, and drama departments eliminated; physical education programs dwindle to once a week classes. Schools place limits on copies made and give teachers a paltry sum to cover any out-of-pocket expenses they make.

Why is it that my school is currently in the middle of our third fundraiser for the school year, but certainly not our last? Selling cookies and pies enables us to keep our “specials:” weekly art, music, and physical education classes.

It is unreasonable that our schools have to hold fundraisers to make money that supports some basic educational needs for our students and teachers.

We must demand more of our government and ask that money is redirected into more purposeful areas.

We dream of a day where our school budgets are limitless and provide for all the needs of our students.

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