“Every student should graduate high school prepared for success in college, career and civic life. Unfortunately, our ability to deliver on this promise has been compromised by 40 years of underinvestment in public schools,” write Burbank Unified School District leaders in a new commentary published by the Los Angeles Times.
“If we want to meet our responsibilities to the next generation of Californians, adequate funding must be restored so that we can reduce class sizes, retain and recruit quality educators, expand college and career courses, support Special Ed, increase the number of counselors and nurses, expand the arts and STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), expand mental health resources, increase school safety, and increase facilities repair and maintenance.
That is why we are joining the California School Boards Assn., the California Teachers Assn. and other education organizations in the fight for public education. On May 22, we will gather with thousands of other Californians at the State Capitol to demand that legislators prioritize education and provide full and fair funding for our public schools.”