Andy Ramirez on the Issues
Andy Ramirez, Advocate
Welcome to Andy Ramirez' official website and our issues section. The issue addressed here is Education.
Education: This was actually the issue that led me to run for public office in the first place. The issue is the same today as it was then, bad fiscal management by politicians and balancing budgets on the backs of American families. I am often asked why I left college to run for State Assembly. I became a candidate for public office in response to the State Fee Increases during bad budget and fiscal times in the early 1990's.
As was published over a decade ago by several newspapers, raising fees ends up turning students away. College students should not have to pay for politicians and bureaucrats’ mistakes. I believe in more classroom selections instead of larger administrations, or greater executive salaries. Pay the teachers and school employees more money, not Chancellors, Presidents, and Superintendents. Lets get more money into the classrooms, instead of to the bureaucrats at administrative levels. It is the same thing with K-12, too.
If we want our children to succeed, how about letting our teachers teach, instead of teaching to a test? The state test is a major part of the curriculum today. Does such a test really prepare our kids? Of course a lot of state funding rides on that very test. I remember the amount of students when I attended community college who didn't qualify for "college English/freshman composition", and could barely qualify for "English skills review classes" due to low placement scores.
Kids stuffed into classrooms that are filled to the gills is not helping resolve the problem either. We need smaller classroom sizes so our kids can get the attention some need to give them the best chance to achieve success. In California we have a school year that is two weeks, too long. As a result, teachers today have to start their school year in mid-August, the hottest month of the year. The school year should start in September after labor day and conclude around Memorial Day. If some need the extra work, that's what extra credit and summer school is for. It's too easy to burn our teachers out and I believe the extra time only helps burn out teachers and young students alike.
Parents need to also get more involved in the education of their children. Parents, students, and teachers are a team, working together is the best way to achieve success. However, the politicians and bureaucrats need to talk to the people in the trenches and meet with the teachers in their districts, not just those who can travel to Washington, DC or the state capitals.
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