Idaho parents and teachers have already witnessed the harm that Propositions 1, 2, and 3 have caused our state’s schools. Many of them have shared their personal stories with us about the negative consequences of the Luna laws. We have posted some of these stories below. If you have a story to tell about why you are going to Vote NO on Propositions 1, 2, and 3, please tell us about it here. Submit your story today!
“You may have seen some of the effects of years of limited funding: Districts cut back on transportation. Many districts moved to a four-day week. Cooks, janitors, bus drivers and aides lost 20% of their income. Schools scheduled all-day kindergarten every other day. One superintendent said they had removed half the light bulbs in the buildings.“
“No online discussion board post can replace the discussion my friends and I had about the ethics of social experiments after our psychology class. As hard as they try, no online class will ever be able to make a connection to a student and keep them as motivated to learn as a real, in-the-flesh, living, breathing, passionate, dedicated classroom teacher can.“
“Prior to moving to Idaho, I taught in a small town south of San Antonio, Texas. Our school district won an enormous grant from Apple which provided every high school student with a laptop, charger, and specialized backpack in which to carry them.
“I am one of the many teachers that “migrated” from Idaho this year after 9 years of teaching there. Unfortunately, it became necessary to seek other options as a single-income earner with my salary both frozen and reduced over the past several years. If only the other expenses in my life like my mortgage, utility costs, credit card, and other bills would follow that same trend, there would be no problem!”
“As a middle school science teacher, I have seen my work load and class size increase at the same time as my supply budget has become almost non-existent. The only aging equipment that can be replaced with the “latest and newest” are overhead projectors and computers, and that’s because of the mandate to replace technology with new equipment.”