Thursday, March 31, 2011

Governor Fails to Acknowledge Cuts to Classroom Education

Governor Martinez thinks that if she says it often enough that people will believe her when she says that she did not cut the classroom funding in this state. The reality is that when you cut teacher pay by 3.25% you cut funding to every classroom in this state. You also cut spending in the towns and cities of this state. Teachers often take money out of their own pockets to help support poor students in a state where a lot of children live near or below the poverty line.

Martinez has also cut school funding by 5% to K-12 public schools across the state which will result in even future cuts to instructor salaries. I fail to see administrators taking that money from their own paychecks.

You should make no mistake that community college presidents are getting ready to cut frontline workers pay at the same percentage rate they are forced to cut top administrators. Higher Education got a 7.5% cut in the state’s largest community college which I am sure will come out of the classrooms and out of teacher and support staff salaries. Why college presidents think it is ok to cut the salaries of people making less than $25,000 a year at the same rate they cut administration salaries is beyond my understanding. Clearly these people live a self centered it’s all about me and my money life style that has nothing to do with the reality of our current economic crisis.

People should call the governor so as to let her know that we do not buy the sugar coated lies coming from her and her less than honest open administration.