Tran, Paul


Paul Tran is the Communications Director for Californians for Justice, which helps lead the Campaign for Quality Education, a statewide alliance working towards educational equity and racial justice in California public schools located in low-income, immigrant, communities of color. For more info, go to www.quality-education.org

California’s Bad Math Hurts Students of Color

By Paul Tran

And on the hundredth day, the California legislature borrowed from Peter (education) to pay Paul (pass a budget).   In the tardiest budget in state history, the public schools will be cut $3.1 billion with $1.9 billion to be deferred and repaid in 2011-2012. (More on that later).

What does a $3.1 billion cut look like?  For our student leaders at California for Justice, it looks like a computer lab where only eight of thirty computers work.  Or a set of class books that students cannot bring home to do homework.  Or a counselor you’re lucky to see once a year.

More so, what does it feel like?  “Like no one cares what happens to us,” says Jessica Solano Salazar, a student in the Oakland Unified School District.  “I want to go to college and get a good job, but how am I supposed to get there when I don’t have any guidance and support?”