Elmont votes to affirm Public Education but Albany Demockery smuthers the will of the voting community.
Last Friday (May 11) I received a call from an Elmont Memorial High School parent asking me to support the school by purchasing plants sold by the PTSA. I did but with public education funding targeted for cuts by “friendly” Albany Republicans can Elmont parents make up the revenue short falls with bake sales and art auctions?
So, how many PTSA Bake Sales will make up the short fall? How many Martins 3-on-3 Basketballs Tournaments photos will fill the funding gap? How many Programs like District Wide Music Festival, Jazz Masters, Model UN and Operation Success are in danger? Will the Elmont Soccer Club, GYO, Elmont Cardinals have to pay for the use of fields and classrooms?
Then there is sequestration - “Because Congress failed to identify the $1.2 trillion in budgetary savings” mandatory automatic cuts to the federal budget will take effect on January 2, 2013. According to a National PTA memo “…sequestration would devastate state and local budgets, halting delivery of vital educational services to our most in-need students.
In Elmont almost 57% (1226 of 2163) of the voting community affirmed their deep and sacrificial commitment to funding public education yet, the budget failed. Parents, school administrators and true public school advocates are scratching their heads this morning. And it is not over, sequestration in on the horizon and that could lead to further mid-year cuts.