Spring has finally arrived in New Jersey. The pinks and greens, purples and yellows are all blooming and lookin' good.
I'm glad the winter is behind us. David gets bored being cooped up in the house and so do I. Neither of us likes cold weather, so outdoor winter activities are not something we enjoy and the winter brought one illness after another to David. Hopefully the illnesses have gone away with Mr. Winter.
Spring brings school budget time in my town and this year was especially difficult. Due to the ingenious amount of thought and financial skill(insert sarcasm here) our legislators devised a new school funding formula. Because of this formula, our town will receive less funding for our school system. A lot less.
With less money, cuts have to be made. Deep and painful cuts. Our school district's special ed division had to cut 25 jobs. 7 of those jobs belong to classroom teachers. One of those jobs belongs to David's teacher.
Living in the current economy is difficult for everyone. We have the real estate crisis, crazy gas prices, increased prices at the grocery store. Our county laid off workers from the employment office.- Now, you know things are bad when people who assist the unemployed are being laid off- Times are just rough all over.
Our children will feel the crunch too. With local governments receiving less federal aide, social services will experience cuts in programs. Programs that our children so desperately need.
I'm old enough to have lived through a few recessions. I know the economy will be bullish once again. I just hope we don't have to experience too much bull@##$ until the bull comes home.