Nothing frustrates me more than bureaucracy, red-tape, and politics in general. With the state budget in shambles and Governor Quinn basically giving an ultimatum to legislators: either raise taxes or crush education, educators are left to play the political waiting game. Politicians are split in their opinions of Quinn’s proposal, some applauding Quinn for noting that a tax increase is a must in our reality while others say they won’t be strong-armed by Quinn’s scare-tactics on educators and parents. Quinn’s Budget.Illinois.gov site has video footage of his speech, transcripts of his speech, and Budget documents.
Personally, my stomach has been churning most nights this week as I thought about the possible ramifications of these political games on Education and, more specifically, on Pleasant Plains School District.
IEA President Ken Swanson speaks in support of a tax increase to save education, but also insists on a comprehensive solution that saves our state as well as our schools. Visit the IEA website article “IEA: Pass education tax and comprehensive tax reform” for Ken Swanson’s video and more on the story.
Our school administrators have been put in a position where they must plan for the worst and hope for the best. Earlier today our superintendent sent us a letter that expressed that PPCUSD8 will be looking at “worst case scenario” possibilities and options will be presented to the School Board on Monday.
Our first reaction to this mess is one of extreme frustration . . . Education is going through an overhaul as it is. Educators are trying to continuously adapt pedagogy to learning styles of contemporary students. Politics continue to drive educators on a crazy roller-coaster ride while educators strive to do what is best for students.
As we address this situation, keep in mind that we are here for each other. Ask questions. Give support. Make your voices heard. Most importantly, remember that we are here for the students. Hopefully, we can convince our legislators to be there for the students, too.