Strong majority backs Jerry Brown’s tax-hike initiative: 64% of those surveyed said they supported the measure that the governor hopes to place on the November ballot. It would hike the sales tax and levies on upper incomes to help raise money for schools and balance the state’s budget.
This article is just about public support for Brown’s tax proposal, but ignore that for a second.
73% of Californian Republicans, 50% of Independents, and 45% of Democrats are not in favor of protecting schools? Maybe it’s just the phrasing that makes them look bad, but I’m fed up with education being considered for cuts. I feel so lucky to have been able to go to a private high school and university, but education cuts (at least in California) have been discussed and acted upon since I moved to this state in 2001. It’s mind-boggling. Is no one considering the future of our state (remember we’re the 8th largest economy in the world? We’re basically our own country)? Taxes SUCK, no one likes them. However, if paying a bit more means a higher quality of education for a better FUTURE without worries of class scheduling, salary cuts, extracurricular cuts, etc, isn’t that worth it?
Can I just go to Sacramento and yell at people, please? Who wants to join me? Seriously, this summer let’s try to meet with representatives and represent the youth frustration at budget cuts. We can yell at the UC Chancellors all we want, but the source of it all is at the state capital.
The Tea Party of Tennessee wants to remove from history textbooks any incidents of slavery and genocide linked to the founders of the U.S. for fear those references would tarnish the image of the Founding Fathers.
Members of Tennessee tea parties presented state legislators with five priorities for action Wednesday January 11, including “rejecting” the federal health reform act, establishing an elected “chief litigator” for the state and “educating students the truth about America.”
What Do They Mean By This?
Regarding education, the material they distributed said, “Neglect and outright ill will have distorted the teaching of the history and character of the United States. We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government.”
That would include, the documents say, that “the Constitution created a Republic, not a Democracy.”
The material calls for lawmakers to amend state laws governing school curriculums, and for textbook selection criteria to say that “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”
Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.
Demand To Remove All References To Slavery Or Genocide
In other words, the request is to remove all references to slavery or genocide from American history textbooks, so as not to besmirch the reputation and standing of the Founding Fathers.