It has been a hectic and turbulent year of budget cuts, layoffs and transfers for teachers and classified staff in many school districts. It sounds more like corporate America downsizing and the unknowns of the stock market and our economy. This past year, we saw the difficulties of being a public employee.
In Salem, advocates for districts have fought once more for more money and equity. Each year we have to look for more creative ways to support and fund our public schools. Just as in business, there are high costs, in this case to pay for supporting and educating our next generation. As a community and a nation, we must find a way to support students and staff in public education. Depression is more common in teens, and many students are feeling the effect of the economic crisis. Sadly, many of these students find it difficult to cope and are turning to drugs, alcohol and sometimes suicide to deal with their personal crises and issues. It is a shame that we are losing our next generation and that they have lost hope at such a young age.