SCUSD Observer

Sacramento, California

They’re Not Listening Still…

At Thursday night’s board meeting, a group of citizens presented a budget plan that was ambitious in its scope and outlined very accurately (with what public records were available) how the school board could save schools and jobs in the fall.

Leo Bennett-Cauchon summed up the presentation with the following words, and they bear repeating here:

Budgets are a plan for the future. They have to be realistic but they must not be pessimistic.

To quote Franklin Roosevelt, this is the time for “unconquerable gladness”. This is the time for an agenda of optimism. This is a time for a vision of small walkable schools which are the vibrant community centers of our neighborhoods.

Schools as they are meant to be, with children learning and playing. Schools alive with the many ideas and services that the community brought forth at the recent engagement meetings. Schools that are creatively expanding their missions into a sustainable future.

Our budget can support such a vision. It can keep all of our staff. Yes it needs balancing but remember that in every challenge there is opportunity. Seize your opportunity to come together and provide clear and direct instructions to management. Hold the budget community forums that were promised to us and we will show you the savings that our storm tossed management – God bless them all – has missed. Savings in overvalued supplies and consultants, not priceless classified and certificated staff.

Direct management to bring back at least three budget options on April 16th. One can be a staff recommendation but the other two should incorporate many of the community and Board ideas that have been shared during this turbulent journey.

Have an authentic dialog with parents and teachers. We all want to serve and support our children. They are our future and they deserve a budget worthy of their limitless potential.

Change this budget to positive the right way.

Be the change we need.

Yes You Can. Yes We Can!

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Written by scusdobserver

April 4, 2009 at 2:30 pm

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