I'm not sure that I agree with everything that a Los Angeles teacher states in the following letter, but there is plenty that makes too much sense to ignore. And there is way too much that makes you raise an eyebrow and your mind to fill up with even more questions. It's a very good read from a much different perspective than I would expect to come from someone in the Teacher's Union.
900 teachers just got laid off from the Los Angeles Unified School District . They are $650,000over their annual budget.
The following English teacher helps to explain one area that looms large over California 'seducational crisis.
THIS HAS GOT TO BE PASSED ALONG TO AS MANY AS POSSIBLE OR WE WILL ALL GO DOWN THE DRAIN BECAUSE A FEW DON'T CARE. This English teacher has phrased it the best I've seen yet.
This should make everyone think , be you Democrat, Republican or Independent... From a California school teacher.
"As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are somethings that you should be aware of:I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern Californiahigh school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lowersocioeconomic and income levels.
Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park ,etc. where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.
Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast,I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll -- but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juicesthat would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays ofit being dumped in the trash uneaten. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)
I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight.
About 75% or more DO have cell phones . The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class withoutthe inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.(OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)
I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing funding for the upcomingyear even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. Iended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one monthlater, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbledand grateful to have a free education in America ..(OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)
I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the country less than 3 months who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them "Putas" (whores) and throwing things, that theteachers were in tears.
Free medical, free education, free food, day care, etc, etc, etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled not only to be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?
To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our societybecause they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.
Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases etc., etc, etc. For me, I'll pay more fortomatoes.
Americans, We need to wake up. Congressman Paul Ryan's (WI-01) "Guest WorkerProgram" will be a disaster.
It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-world culture that does not valueeducation, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and thatrefuses to assimilate, and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about "political correctness" that we don't have the will to do anything about it.
If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward this to everyone you know including your Congressmen and Senators.
CHEAP LABOR? Isn't that what the whole immigration issue is about?
Business doesn't want to pay a decent wage.
Consumers don't want expensive products nor produce.
Government will tell you Americans don't want the jobs.
BUT, that's a LIE. Only 4% of Illegal Immigrants work our farms. 40% crowd our jails and prisons.
But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase "cheap labor" is a myth, a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as "cheap labor."
Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for $5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax Return, he gets an" earned income credit" of up to $3,200 free.
He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent.
He qualifies for food stamps.
He qualifies for free (no deductible), no co-pay) health care.
His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school.
He requires bilingual teachers and books.
He qualifies for relief from high energy bills.
If they are or become, aged, blind or disabled , they qualify for SSI. Once qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicare . All of this is at (our) taxpayer's expense.
He doesn't worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowner's insurance.
Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed material.
He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits.
Working Americans are lucky to have $5.00 or $6.00/hour left after paying their bills AND his.
The American taxpayers also pay for increased crime, graffiti and trash clean-up.
Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT! Wake up people!
THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS WE SHOULD BE ADDRESSING TO THE PRESIDENTIALCANDIDATES FOR EITHER PARTY. 'AND WHEN THEY LIE TO US AND DON'T DO ASTHEY SAY, WE SHOULD REPLACE THEM AT ONCE!'