AYPAL youth speaking up for educational funding equity!

AYPAL youth, Christopher Saechao (middle) and Nhi Nguyen (right), testify at a Senate Budget Committee Hearing this February. Photo by Tiffany Eng

 “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