As much as I love writing about our little family I feel it necessary to take a little break from that to support some very important people -- TEACHERS! As most know, Andy taught high school math for three years before going back to school (which, by the way, he is DONE with... more on that in another post). We love teachers, we appreciate teachers, yet understand (sadly) how underappreciated they are in politics! Arizona always ranks disturbingly low, compared to other states, in regard to funding for education. But this year, I think they've outdone themselves. Thousands of teachers in Arizona were given pink slips last week as a result of state budget cuts. One of those teachers is one of our dearest friends, Sara. She married one of Andy's oldest friends, was one of my bridesmaids, graduated from UofA's math program with Andy and our kids call her Aunt Sara. She's an amazing person and a great teacher. She's also seven months pregnant and will lose her insurance six days before her due date (don't worry, they have a back-up). Anyway, the only shot Sara has at getting her job back is if Arizona voters pass Prop 100. It's a temporary 1% sales tax increase. Two-thirds of the revenue generated from the increase will go to K-12 education, the remainder to health and human services and public safety.
I would have supported this five years ago when Andy started teaching, but as a mother, it takes on new importance. I would be outraged if my kids had to sit in classrooms with 40+ other students, or if their school removed all arts programs and many extra-curricular activities (like Andy's alma mater, Prescott High School). Education is too important to be neglected the way it is in Arizona.
Andy and I obviously don't live in Arizona and can't vote, but we ask that you do! The election is Tuesday May 18th. Please, please, please support all of our teacher friends in Arizona!!