My local union wants to alert parents to the strain our district will be under if presumed drastic cuts to the education budget are implemented. To do this, we've been asked to stand across the street from school either tomorrow morning or Friday and hand out fliers--I assume these fliers will ask parents to contact their legislators and tell them not to cut education.
I'm a teacher. When the education budget takes a hit, I personally take a hit--either in the wallet, or in more work because of more students. So I have a personal stake in hoping that education isn't cut too much.
But I'm also a California taxpayer, one who plans on living in California for a very long time. This state is in a financial mess, and it's not going to be fixed if we declare 47% of the state budget off limits. We can either take our medicine now, or take even more of it later, and I'd rather just fix it now. If we don't fix it, the state will collapse--and I'll collapse with it.
So I can't in good conscience go out and ask parents to advocate for fewer cuts in education. To do so would not only be exceedingly self-serving, it would also violate some of my deepest political beliefs.