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How Budget Cuts Affect Students

TAG is pleased to present the work of Nasir Permenter, a 7th grade student in the School District of Philadelphia:

Ever wonder why people hate Governor Tom Corbett? Well, here’s why! Governor Tom Corbett cut school funding by millions of dollars. These cuts affect children in Philadelphia’s schools in many ways. Governor Tom Corbett should fund our school district.

As part of the budget cuts, schools are losing experienced teachers. They are being replaced with inexperienced teachers, who do not teach children properly. Experienced teachers can explain lessons better and clarify a lesson to a student who may be having a difficult time understanding life. Schools are also losing secretaries. Secretaries are being laid off because there is not enough money to pay them. Secretaries have an important job in helping the principal, teachers and parents, which means their jobs are very important. Secretaries make appointments and cancel appointments. They handle phone calls, take care of important paperwork, and if they fire all the secretaries, it will leave all these responsibilities on the principals and teachers. Students deserve experienced teachers and secretaries, because it allows them to get a better education and be successful in life.

Tom Corbett’s budget cuts have eliminated counselors’ jobs as well, which will ultimately affect multicultural students and their education. This will especially affect immigrants who do not speak English because they will not get the support they need from bilingual counselors. For example, in one article, “ Parents, Students filled 260 complaints this week with state regarding districts schools,” by Regina Medina in the Daily News Staff, a 16 year old Vietnamese girl came to Philadelphia in search of a good education. However she is not receiving a good education because she is not getting the support she needs. There was one bilingual counselor, but because of the budget cuts, the counselor is split between four different schools. She is also experiencing overcrowded classrooms, closed libraries, and a lack of nurses and counselors.

Lastly, the budget cuts affect the amount of resources schools receive. Schools can no longer afford school supplies because of the budget cuts. With less supplies students will experience a lack of textbooks, papers, library books, computers and much more. School librarians and libraries are being cut, which limits some kids’ resources even more. Libraries are essential to learning because they provide a place for students to study, read books, use computers, do research and complete projects.

Once again, Governor Tom Corbett should fund our school districts. His lack of funding our school district proves that he does not care about our education or our future. He should realize how detrimental his budget cuts are to our schools. With your help, Tom Corbett will be voted out of office in the 2014 election and our next Governor will care more about our education than he did.

Bibliography:
“ Parents, Students filled 260 complaints this week with state regarding districts schools.” By: Regina Medina, Daily News Staff Writer
“Where has our school funding gone? The inequalities of spending” From: The union rep newsletter fall, winter 2012 By: Briana Bailey
“ Cuts that don’t heal. Pennsylvania students fight back against budget cuts.” From: The union rep newsletter By: Shayla Johnson
“ http://www.whitehouse.com/issues” “http://www .teenink.com/”
“http://www .essayforum.com/undergraduate­essays­2/education­budget­cuts­significance­issue­im portant­ut­29694”

Student Message to Gov. Corbett: Stop procrastinating, start providing more money

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!

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • “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