Saturday, March 27, 2010

Why I'm Marching

Gavin Riley is a retired teacher of 37 years. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Barbra.

Why I March:
Over the last 20 years we have a seen a vast decrease not only in the amount of funding but in the state’s commitment to education. When I went to school in the 1950s and 1960s, the state dedicated itself to education and infrastructure. Our parents fought World War II when they were younger, and they sacrificed to get us through school. Our school system was the envy of the country.

Today we have an every-man-for-himself mentality. Legislators are no longer committing to the things that made this state great. We are now talking about reducing the number of school days. That is crazy.

With the path we’re on, the only thing we’re going to leave our children is a mountain of debt. If we don’t educate them, I don’t know how they’re going to get out of the mess we left them.

I am marching because it might be the only way we can restore California’s commitment to education.

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