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Where’s the money going?

Posted: April 16, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 16, 2014 2:00 a.m.

On a recent bus trip to a remote area of Mexico, we were asked to buy basic school supplies for a remote village school.

A generous quantity of pencils, writing paper, markers, crayons and other school supplies was provided.

An overwhelming joy and thankfulness radiated outward from the students and the teachers. There was not a dry eye on the bus when we continued our journey.

A person who teaches in the San Fernando Valley was telling me that his principal had mailed a similar request to the parents of his school’s students.

I was flabbergasted! I mentioned this to a teacher who substitutes throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. She said some schools in Saugus and Canyon Country are doing likewise.

What? We have artificial surfaces on our fields and tracks in our high schools, but teachers go begging for the very basic teaching supplies?

Other countries are outranking us in education; we are importing scientists and technical experts; yet our schools are begging for school supplies.

Will some educator out there tell us why? Can you explain this system of spending priorities?


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