(October 13, 2013) – As Sedona stands poised to give a thumbs up or thumbs down to the Budget Override for the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District, students and parents wait with bated anticipation for the community to support them in their quest for a better education for their children and better teachers.
It’s no secret Arizona has some of the lowest-paid teaching jobs in the nation and the dismal drop out and achievement rates across the state reflect this.
Last election the budget override that would have allowed additional funding for Sedona teachers was voted down by but a few votes, stripping the school district of badly needed funds and seriously affecting education.
This year parents, educators and supporters have launched a massive campaign to educate the voting public as to the importance of properly funding education; as have others opposed to the budget override that have organized to stop them.
Arguments have been laid out from both sides of the table and people are still making up their minds on whether to vote to provide more educational funding or cut it off.
There are misconceptions, valid arguments and a lot of angst permeating Sedona but one fact remains above all of them.
There is no such thing as too much money for the education of our children and ensuring our future and the future of coming generations!
It’s a simple formula, really.
The more money we spend on teachers, the better teachers Sedona will get.
The better teachers we hire, the better education the children of Sedona will have.
The better educated they are, the better chance they have of moving on into society and bringing about positive change and progressive growth for our nation and the world.
For those of us that are proud of our community, those of us that love Sedona, it is only natural for us to want what is best for it.
Yes. We have the best attractions, the best restaurants, the best red rock views, the best hiking and the best entertainment in Arizona.
We live in a magical, mystical land where art and the environment are one.
We are a varied town of business people, artists, musicians, workers, writers and healers.
We live in one of the best and most beautiful cities in the world.
Isn’t it natural to want the best educational system for our city that money can buy?
In every one of our lives there was a teacher or teacher that inspired us to be the best we can in what we do. Don’t we want highly motivated and well-paid teachers living and educating our children in our community?
We deserve the best teachers because they will inspire our youth and make the Sedona educational system the best anywhere.
Young professionals will flock here to ensure the best education for their children.
How can we be serious about being the best and wanting the same for the students of Sedona and then turn our backs on them and say “NO” to their dreams and aspirations?
Sedona is above that. Sedona deserves the best of everything. Say yes to Sedona. Say yes to our students. Say yes to our teachers. Say yes to the future.