Save Texas Schools!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Normally, I would avoid posting anything remotely political or divisive (after all, I'm way too busy scouring Etsy for new patterns and shopping online for fabric).  But Big Sister starts kindergarten in the Fall, and we are in the midst of trying to figure out which school she will attend. So the state of public education feels supremely crucial to me right now.  Our timing for starting school is pretty rotten, as the current state of our local public schools is downright depressing.  Because of a huge budget crisis, our local school district has proposed drastic cost-saving meaures including closing 12 schools (including many exemplary-rated elementaries) and revamping a policy that previously allowed families to transfer children to out-of-neighborhood schools with available space.  The state legislature's proposed budget indicates that the state is likely to cut education funding by about $9 billion.  This has already resulted in countless job cuts and is likely to mean larger classes and less offerings in the arts.  For a state that already ranks embarrassingly low in education, this scares me.  So we joined more than 10,000 other scared parents, teachers, and community members at our state capitol on Saturday in a rally to Save Texas Schools.

Have you ever seen a cuter protester?

In case you can't tell, he's taking a pretend picture of me just as I was taking a picture of him.  The ponytail horns were completely his idea, by the way. 

Unlike his sister, who was intimidate by the crowd and activity, Little Brother enjoyed the busy chaos.

Truth be told, I'm not sure what was a bigger priority for our tiny protester, funding for education or snacks eaten outdoors on a sunny day.

It turned out to be a fun outing.  We enjoyed the sunshine and being together, and I think we showed our children in some small way that action is important.

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