My brother and sister-in-law are educators for underserved students in Sacramento, so I know first hand how challenging it is to educate students who struggle with bigger problems such as food insecurity, lack of resources, and even homelessness. Teachers cannot do it all by themselves. As it is, teachers in Sacramento need more support. Our schools need more counselors, nurses, and classroom aids. All of our students deserve music and art programs which keep students motivated to attend school. We need to work together for the sake of our students and our future.
I believe education is a right to all people. We the People deserve tuition free public college. It does not matter what economic standing one is born into, keeping education from hard working students that simply cannot afford high priced schooling is discrimination. Plus, educating people is good for the economy! An educated person can pursue a career that helps the community. As a person who recently left school, I am a big fan of apprenticeship programs. An apprenticeship allows one to learn the trade while being paid. We need to expand apprenticeships to include as many industries as possible.
Apart from the fiscal aspects of our education, reforms are also needed in regard to quality. Far too much emphasis is put on testing, homework and more testing. We are simply overworking our children. More often than not, students come home with hours of homework. The stacks of homework combined with all the tests have significantly diminished an entire generation's social skills. More emphasis on creativity, social activities and outdoor free time is needed in order to grow the whole person. Public eduction should not equate to mere indoctrination to an inside-the-box way of thinking! I support and will very much consider homeschooling. I know that my children will gain from education outside of the current “Common Core” and I am in full support of parents who choose to go the homeschooling route as well.
Charter schools and vouchers are a way to syphon public funds into private schools. So, instead of public funds being used to improve public schools, the charter school system has those funds line the pockets of private entities. Charter schools are controlled by a corporate board. They lack oversight and accountability. This means fraud, grossly underpaid teachers, curriculum chosen by a corporate board, and even such horror stories as kidnapping take place in unaccountable charter schools. In addition, black and hispanic students are four times more likely to be suspended or expelled by corporate-board-run-charter-schools. This is not to say that all charter schools are bad, in fact some are very good.