Pay for education by reducing weapons spending

Who we are:
25 Teachers’ Salaries is a not for profit association based in Davis and Sacramento
What we want:
the Federal government to reduce the $200 billion Department of Defense weapons budget and send the saved money to the states for public education
How we want to do this:
Build a grassroots campaign where state legislatures across the U.S. pass resolutions asking Congress and the President to do this.
Here are the bare facts:
The average K-12 starting teacher’s salary in California is $42,000.
Thousands of teachers and college and university instructors have been laid off in the last few years.
Military spending has grown 8.5% a year for the last decade to $685 billion.
A million dollars can buy one $1 million bomb or pay about 25 teachers’ salaries for 1 year.
Sign up in the box at top left.  There are more in depth ways you can get involved too.
Facing an historic, multi year financial crisis due to reductions in state funding for public education, school districts balance their budgets mostly by cutting expenses, laying off thousands of teachers.  As class sizes go up the quality of the education goes down.
School districts need a new long term source of revenue.
The FY 2011 Department of Defense budget is $685 billion.  1% of that would enable the states to pay for over 100,000 K-12 teachers’ and other educators’ salaries including benefits.  The Pentagon will spend over $200 billion on weapons in FY 2011.
President Obama’s Commission on Fiscal Reform, the Sustainable Defense Task Force, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have all recommended reductions in defense spending.  Doing so would free up billions of dollars for other national priorities including education.
Can the United States afford to make a small tradeoff from the weapons budget to pre K through college and university teachers and other educators’ salaries?
Can we make this happen through a massive nationwide movement at the state and local levels?
We believe the answer to both questions is yes.  If you agree, please join us.
“Our principal enemy, al Quaeda, has no army, no air force and no navy.” (Sustainable Defense Task Force, June 2010)



25 Teachers’ Salaries news
January 2013
Teachers of Garfield High School in Seattle Say No! (to the MAP test of reading and mathematics)

April, 2012
25 Teachers’ Salaries will be at UC Davis Picnic Day.  Come by and say hi, sign our petition and pick up a flyer

January 26, 2012
Don’t Let the Pentagon Off the Hook
Secretary of Defense Panetta is trying to backtrack on Congress’ deal to reduce Pentagon spending by $1 trillion in the next ten years.  Take Action on this today!
December, 2011
25 Teachers’ Salaries plans nationwide survey of education facts and figures
October 27, 2011
We talk to the Woodland Board of Trustees about our campaign.
October 20, 2011
We talk to the Clark County (Nevada) Board of Trustees about our campaign.
September 27, 2011
We talked to the Board of Education of the San Juan Unified School District in Carmichael about our campaign.
September 6 and 20, 2011
We talk to the Sacramento County Board of Education about our campaign.
August 23, 2011
25 Teachers’ Salaries campaign announces California Teachers Association support . . . .
Press Release August 23, 2011
CTA letter to California legislature
July, 2011
America’s Weapons Rebate to Education Act, our bill, revised
July, 2011
Our Joint Resolution for the California Legislature revised
June 15, 2011
Konocti school board adopts resolution supporting . . . .
May 25, 2011
Jefferson Elementary school board adopts resolution supporting . . .
April 16, 2011
240 people sign petition at Picnic Day
April 12, 2011
25 Teachers’ Salaries endorses Measure A
March 19, 2011
NATO fires 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Libya, costing $168 million that could have gone to schools
Spring, 2011
Dozens of Davis teachers and hundreds of other Davisites sign petition
December 9, 2010
25 Teachers’ Salaries talks to Vacaville school board

November 15, 2010

Department of Defense Independent Auditor expresses no opinion on the DOD Financial Statements for FY 2009 and FY 2010
October 24, 2010
Sacramento Area Peace Action endorses 25 Teachers’ Salaries campaign
July, 2010
American Federation of Teachers adopts resolution against war in Afghanistan


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