Dr. Alan Nishino Speaks to Realtors
Today at our County Realtor's meeting we were addressed by the superintendent of our school system. After sharing with us his passion for our kids and education, he addressed his reason for being at our meeting today. The school budget is so bad, it is at breaking point and they don't know how to make it work. We are at the bottom of the list of quality education throughout the United States and we need to change that. How to affect change? Money! His plea was to address the money we receive from property taxes and bonds and to support increasing these costs inorder to raise money for our communities and specifically education.
Guess what? I agree with him no matter how unpopular that might be. I think where we do spend our money (as well as our values) is often misplaced and there is no greater place than education for our kids. "Good schools make good communities" said Dr. Nishino and it has been proven over and over again. This is a growing community (currently there are 9 languages spoken here according to Dr. Nishino) and complicated times for our kids. Our responsiblity is to prepare our kids even better than we were prepared.
One of his points was that out of the 45% earmarked for Special Education, only 17% was received. This is especially poignant for me as I have a special needs kid who is not receiving the services she needs. As I struggle with the school system, I am enough of problem solver to know that they can't perform on the level they need to perform. For more information about this school system, go to http://www.mhu.k12.ca.us/
My 2 cents - We need to meet the challenges of these times and prioritize our values and our futures by supporting our kids and their education.