A mini protest = a lesson in democracy
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Some teachers made signs and held a protest outside the school gate this morning, before school began. I was one of them. My sign said:
x Government Mismanagement
You see, the governor is being investigated for spending public money for private expenses. The senators somehow spent $6.9 MILLION that hasn't been accounted for, on things like travel (and no receipts), or bonuses for their staff. (Teachers, of course, NEVER get BONUSES or even reimbursements for supplies we buy for school.)
Yet our local gov't cut all employees (including teachers) salaries by 8%. While not honoring any of the pay raises, of course, except their own.
So we had a protest. Along with a group of students, who also had posters, and were inside the gate (so they wouldn't be suspended) - but they were waving signs and chanting and waving at traffic, and in general supporting the teachers.
At 15 minutes before the start of school, we went inside. Except I had a longer walk than the other teachers, so the kids followed me, and we marched around the bus circle and up the handicapped access ramp - kids still chanting. At the top of the stairs, I told them it was time for class, thanked them for their support of the teachers, and headed to my room. Where I met my class, and then we all went off to the stupid standardized testing that is going on this week.
You've just gotta love kids like these students! (And their social studies teacher is definitely giving them bonus points!)