Today In California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, delivered his State of the State Address.
In this address you heard a story about his Pony, Pig, Dog Food & Teamwork.
He told us his $500 million jobs package that would lead to creating 100,000 jobs.
Of course the beleaguered budget was featured, (link to full text at the bottom of page)
We face a $19.9 billion deficit — $6.6 billion for the rest of this budget year and $13.3 billion for the upcoming budget year. Big picture, let me tell you what will be required. First, as bitter as the words are in my mouth, we face additional cuts.
Then Governor Schwarzenegger livened up the room with his promise to protect Education.
But I am drawing this line. Because our future economic well-being is so dependent upon education, I will protect education funding in this budget. And we can no longer afford to cut higher education either. The priorities have become out of whack over the years. Thirty years ago 10 percent of the general fund went to higher education and 3 percent went to prisons. Today almost 11 percent goes to prisons and only 7 1/2 percent goes to higher education. Spending 45 percent more on prisons than universities is no way to proceed into the future. What does it say about a state that focuses more on prison uniforms than caps and gowns?
Ooooo Goody! The Govenator is saving Education! Yeah!
Certainly one could agree with his logic, but something pretty big is being left out. He is saving a BROKEN education system.
Hmmm … he mentioned Thirty years ago.
What was happening in California, thirty years ago? Box below from Time Mag.
Before Prop 13, in the 1950s and ’60s, California was a liberal showcase. Governors Earl Warren and Pat Brown responded to the population growth of the postwar boom with a massive program of public infrastructure — the nation’s finest public college system, the freeway system and the state aqueduct that carries water from the well-watered north to the parched south.
Growing up in the Midwest, California loomed large in our imagination as the land of opportunity and wonder. On New Years Day, we would watch that Rose Bowl Parade in total awe, the flowers, the people in t-shirts and shorts, the sun was always shining and everything was so green. We had a family member in the Navy stationed in San Diego and the stories that came back made us all hungry for that California Sun. The rumor in the 70’s was that you could go to College in California, almost for free, if you were a state resident. California had the weather, the mountains, the beaches, the opportunity, the promise of a land of plenty.
What our Govenator is ‘saving’ is a already broken education system. Wow. He is basically telling us he will not take a system that is sick and kill it completely.
Time to celebrate, YIPEE, we get to keep out underfunded sick system!
The budget for education in CA has been cut, and cut again. My family has been here ten years now and with three kids in the system I have seen these schools up close and personal. Having done a lot of volunteer work in the schools you get to know the Teachers and that makes it very hard when they get the pink slip, we both start crying about the future. What a message to the children. Teachers have been let go, not because they are not needed or that they are not doing a excellent job, but because of the budget.
It has happened all over the state. In the UC system, once the epitome of excellence, classes are over crowed, top talent has been lured away by the Ivy Leagues, and often you can’t get the classes you need. It is not uncommon to find Juniors or Seniors in Freshman Composition, because they could not get in during their freshmen year even though they need that composition class in Freshman year to set them up for the balance of their four years. So all over, the classroom sizes increase and the quality goes down and California Schools sink to the bottom in the National Standings. It makes it worse when you see how Education in the US is doing in the World Standings.
You don’t have to be an expert in policy to see that the Republican Minority has blocked progress in this state. Thank you Republican Minority, you sure know how to race to the bottom.
The Govenator told of a Pig, a Pony and Dog Food (ok that was a little funny) but teamwork? Really?
Republican Minority, What is your plan anyway? It seems you just exist to obstruct, even at the state levels. Shouldn’t the Majority actually RULE?