TAG is pleased to present the following piece by Reshma Davis, a 7th grade student in the School District of Philadelphia.
Do you think your children are getting a good education? Does Governor Tom Corbett disadvantage them due to the budget cuts? The Governor is decreasing the amount of money school districts in Pennsylvania receive. Teachers and parents are worried that students are not getting the education they deserve. Governor Corbett should stop procrastinating, and start providing more money for schools.
The governor has not only underfunded wealthy school districts, but poor school districts too. For example, the budget cuts expanded the difference between the opulent and the pauper Pennsylvanian communities. In the article “Cuts That Don’t Heal” education advocates say, “The budget is expected to scratch the wealthiest communities, cut those in the middle, and lacerate the poorest.” This means that the impoverished school districts will be affected more than the prosperous school districts. These school districts already did not have sufficient money to begin with. Now there is not enough money to buy educational resources for some schools such as textbooks. Schools are defunded to such an extreme that the minimum learning materials cannot be made available, especially to the poorer school districts. In short, all the public schools in Pennsylvania are deprived of the basic supplies to learn.
In addition, the school districts have problems with the classrooms and spending. Most schools do not have enough money to spend on school libraries. There is also not enough money to employ qualified librarians. Worst of all, there are not enough qualified teachers. It is clear that without qualified teachers, the students’ behavior and education will go downhill. Everyone has to remind themselves that qualified teachers are the backbone of a superb education system.
As a result of the budget cuts, a challenging situation has risen in public schools. For instance, overcrowded schools have lead to a crisis. More students mean more distractions to students. Teachers are not able to individually assist students who need help or are educationally disadvantaged. This results in poor performance of students in standardized tests. The budget cuts have led to students not getting enough teacher attention, which leads to a decrease in learning.
It seems like Governor Corbett’s intention is to ruin public education by withholding the basic funds for public schools. We, as students, have to do something to change the ways of Governor Corbett. He has caused more budget cuts in poor areas than the wealthy school districts. Due to his budget cuts, schools have problems with classrooms and other school activities. We should all protest against this unfair treatment and get Governor Corbett to give school districts enough money to buy resources to provide a good education. Education is everyone’s right!
- “Where has our school funding gone?” in The Union Rep Newsletter
- “Parents, students filed 260 complaints this week with state regarding district schools.” By Regina Medina
- “Cuts that don’t heal” by Shayla Johnson