Thursday, April 19, 2007

Election Season has begun!

You know how I know? Because there were elementary students standing in front of the Legislature chanting "NO Education, NO Re-election!" I love politics!

But seriously folks, somebody made the suggestion to close the public schools from August-October to save some money. This didn't sit very well with the teachers or the students, so they hiked up to Capital Hill to raise a stink.

It worked. Today the House voted to exempt PSS from the "austerity measures." Now this exemption just has to pass the Senate and then get signed by Governor Ben Fitial.

So, just like the move to federalize the minimum wage, we're going to have to wait to see what happens...and then deal with this issue again next year.

CNMI TeachersYou've got to give it to teachers. They are underpaid, underappreciated, and overworked every single day, yet they somehow manage to fight for the education of our children...even when it seems like they are the only ones willing to fight.

Great job, guys!

3 comments:

joe said...

Power to the people!

Great example of how government is supposed to work; we talk, it listens, and acts - for our people's benefit.

Next local agenda should be: CUC.

BoReGo said...

You got it right Angelo. The only problem here is that every year we are forced to justify funding that we need. We have never asked for funding to enhance our system, but to keep it alive. I heard our legislators use terms like "help" PSS, "assist" PSS, "BAIL" PSS out! We have our roles confused here. It is our government's job to provide the resources we need to do what we do best. I hate having to play the political game when we are needed on campus to continue focusing on our students. I took copious notes on those two days and will be traveling to Tinian for the Senate hearing. I will be voting very carefully next election, as always.

The Saipan Blogger said...

Won't it be fun to make predictions and endorsements on our blogs?