“California has been facing many
budget cuts since 2007 and each of the
cuts have been leaving wounds on the
most neediest students.”
– Christopher Saechao, AYPAL youth
While improving our state’s public education system might seem like a daunting task, AYPAL is honing in on specific issue areas to make meaningful improvements to our schools — both locally and statewide!
In February, AYPAL Youth Leaders Nhi Nguyen and Christopher Saechao testified at a Senate Budget Hearing with other members of the Campaign for Quality Education (CQE) Coalition in support of Governor Brown’s proposal for a “weighted student formula”. This funding formula would help make our education system more equitable by taking student needs into account when giving money to school districts.
It’s a step in the right direction toward improving California’s public education system, especially for the low-income Asian and Pacific Islander immigrant and refugee families that AYPAL serves.
However, a fair funding formula isn’t enough – we also need to make sure that all schools have the kind of funding that once made California a top state in the nation for public education. Look out for progressive tax-the-rich initiatives on the November ballot that will increase public education funding!
PS. You can watch Nhi and Christopher’s full testimonies here: http://www.calchannel.com/channel/viewVideo/3331