Jamie Snodgrass, Simi Valley Teacher

From the Acorn:

I would like to take this opportunity to express my dissatisfaction over our current educational crisis.

On Fri., March 13, I received my reduction in force letter (pink slip). For me this letter represented disappointment, anxiety, anger and fear.

I am the mother of two young children with a husband who has not been able to find permanent work since last August. Losing my job will lead to tremendous financial hardship for my family.

I have given four years of service to my current high school and two years at a private middle school. Over the last six years I have improved my teaching skills.

I analyze what I do well and what needs to be altered. I attend conferences, trainings, take additional college courses and collaborate with my colleagues. I’ve also had the opportunity to be a Master Teacher, preparing someone else to be an educator.

Unfortunately, due to the organization of our system I am in jeopardy of losing my job with all of my hard work and dedication being dismissed because I am only being judged on my seniority.

Up until a few months ago I had no question about sending my two young children to our local public schools; this has all changed for me. I want the best for my children, and I do not believe that they will receive the best education here in California.

I tell my students daily that my job is to make them educated citizens so that they are able to make educated decisions for themselves as well as their country.

How are they going to be able to become the informed citizens we hope for them to be if they are being stripped of their opportunity to receive a highquality education?

The recently passed state budget cut $11 billion from education. To prevent further cuts and to get us out of these tough economic times we need Propositions 1A1F to pass in the special election on May 19.

Californians need to realize that many of the propositions are dependent on each other, if they fail the state is going to have to create a new budget. If we ignore our current economic crisis our educational system is going to be headed in the wrong direction. Now is the time for change. Now is the time for us to stand up for education.
Jamie Snodgrass
Simi Valley

http://www.simivalleyacorn.com/news/2009/0410/Letters/007.html

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