CAL MATTERS -- Ron Hayduk is a professor at San Francisco State University, whose research focuses on civic engagement and immigration. Anthony Pahnke is a professor at San Francisco State University, whose research deals with social movements, development and trade policy. They wrote this opinion piece for CalMatters.
“Budgets are political documents; they embody choices about who to tax and what to spend funds on, reflecting which groups are valued and what is prioritized,” Hayduk and Pahnke wrote. “To significantly cut education sends the wrong message, especially to young people.
“Fully funding our schools is our best economic development strategy, as well as central to any coordinated effort to challenge systemic racism in our society.”