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.
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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)
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