From Boston, we read that Mayor Marty Walsh is having some problems with K-12 students (boldface mine):
Today the students of BPS chose to walk out again. Edward Tapia of Boston Student Advisory Council said, “The main reason why I am walking out is because I am tired of Marty Walsh playing with us as if we don’t know anything about the budget cuts, and also I want us to prove to the city that having the City Council hearings during school hours will not hold us back from advocating, empowering student voice and fighting for our rights.” Excel High School student Trinity Kelly said, “We’re telling Mayor Walsh we are not misinformed.” BPS student Gabi Pereira wrote, “I have a little brother with an IEP, his education is under attack and so is mine.”
The students are walking out to ask that BPS is fully funded, not only for themselves, but for their younger brothers and sisters, cousins, friends and the future students of BPS. Additionally, they want an end to high stakes testing because they feel that it’s being used against them as a tool to identify which “failing” schools to close. They want restorative justice practices implemented across the district and an end to overly punitive suspensions and expulsions.
And here’s the fiscal reality these students face:
Boston Community Leadership Academy
• Losing over $500,000
• 1 Librarian, 1 math teacher, 1 science teacher, 1 history teacher, 1 theater teacher, 1 leadership coordinator
• Losing gym class
• Losing Strategies for Success (9th grade class helps kids get organized, read for meaning)
• Losing Numeracy (10th grade class that works on math problem solving and MCAS skills)
• Losing Writers Workshop (10th grade class that works on writing and MCAS skills)
• Losing SAT prep (11th grade class that works on SAT skills and college readiness)
• Losing AP Biology
• Losing AP World History
• We had to change our schedule from a 6-period day (teachers teach 4 of 6) to a 5-period day (teachers teach 4 of 5), with longer classes, less collaborative time for teachers, and fewer options for students.
• Cuts to autism program
If professional Democrats were smart (HAH! I MAKE THE FUNNY!), they would realize these kids will be the future of the party. When they see moderate, New Democrats (Walsh definitely fits the bill) screw them and their brothers and sisters (literally and figuratively) over, they will remember this. They will remember the betrayal. And Boston and Massachusetts both are governed by Democrats, so there aren’t any Republicans to blame for this either.
Keep in mind, these cuts are nothing new: at this point, they’ve been going on for years. Yet it’s an absolute mystery why younger voters are disillusioned with the Democratic Party.
The kids are alright, but the rest of us need to work on some stuff.