I have just begun to hear about a new development to a very serious socio-economic problem that has plagued the education of our children for awhile now. Not only is our public education deteriorating with reduced funds from government, forcing the PTA to step up and provide necessary funding to prevent the elimination of arts, music, PE and other important, thought not the 3R's-BASIC, educational progams but NOW, the right of the parents to contribute (and therefore provide these programs) is being threatened because of a lawusuit by the ACLU saying it is unfair to children who live in an area where the parents cannot afford to pay! Does it make sense to take this education away from those whose communities are willing and able to make sacrifices to contribute to their children's future?
This is a HUGE issue. If you can afford to help locally and provide for children who deserve the education that should be an unalienable right, please do so! Below is just one of the hundreds of local causes in need. This number, I suspect, is about to skyrocket.
The ACLU stated that since the state is required to provide a free public education, students unable or unwilling to pay to participate in these activities cannot be excluded on that basis.
I'm not going to argue for or against this point!
I will say, that I cannot believe that in our school, any child would be excluded by the inability to pay....and in fact have contributed extra many times to compensate for this...as have many other families I'm aware of.
But it's irrelevent now. Our marching band is being affected. We had a parents's meeting last night to see what we can cut from this year.
No warm-up uniforms
No required shoes or uniform accessories
The kids are being affected. This is a group of parents, willing to help financially, who are being tied by the rules. Willing and able...and we can't!
So we are asking our community for help. Title companies, escrow companies, local businesses, corporate matching programs. If you live or care about the CVHS Marching Band Program in Mission Viejo..please contact me with any ideas or donations. We can use private donations for any purpose! These tax-deductable (please check with your CPA for all tax advice) will make a huge difference.
Last year, our band spent $75,000, we've trimmed that down this year to about $40,000 and the school district has given us less than $500.
That's a problem!
Please help if you can!
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