Letter to Arnold S.

sophie letter take threeBy now it would be hard not to have heard that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2008-09 budget cuts more than four billion from K-14 education. He’s also proposed suspending Prop. 98, which, since 1988, has set minimum funding levels for our state’s public schools.

Today Alameda’s PTA Council is joining with other Bay Area PTA’s in a day of advocacy in Sacramento. Many parents, educators, community members and students wrote letters to bring to the capitol. To the left is one such letter penned by a third grader, Sophie, from Franklin School.


  • Susan D.

    A lovely letter! I so much enjoy a child’s take on politics!

    (My own children were rolling on the ground with laughter yesterday when they figured out that Bill Clinton and William Clinton were the same guy. “BILL!” my daughter bellowed. “How can Bill be a nickname for William??? There’s no B in William! That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard!” I just never thought of it that way.)

    I like this week because after nearly six weeks of terror and suspense, we’ve now got a concrete budget proposal on the table (horrible, but at least it’s tangible), people showing up at the board meeting, more concensus on a parcel tax, PTA folks heading up to Sacramento, and lots of parents asking what else can be done. The Island’s moving. I think that’s what it’s going to take this time around–everybody in the community finding where they can get a foothold on this massive financial crisis, everyone helping in whatever way they are able.

    And yes, a good new blog will be a great addition! Thanks for starting this up, Eve!

  • Brooke B.

    Sophie understands something very simple – “it is wrong to break your promise.”

    With voices like hers – that remind us that this is not about infighting, this is not about the past, but this is about what the Governor of the State of California is doing to public education – with voices like hers we can build a community response that is broad, effective and reminds us that this is, after all, about the children.

    Because Sophie reminds us that no matter how complicated and convoluted school funding can be – sometimes the simplest thing is the truth.

    Sometimes something is just wrong. And when we see someone doing something wrong we should say so.