Below is a video testimony given at "The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values" Boston service on August 1, 2016, about the importance of funding Public Education. A transcript of the video follows:
Hello everyone. My name is Angele Errie. I live in West Roxbury. I just recently graduated from Boston Latin Academy which is a public high school in Boston. I will be studying at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. My parents migrated here from Haiti and have been living in the U.S for about 30 years.
I'm a youth leader in the Youth Jobs Coalition, which is a statewide coalition working on increasing funding for youth jobs and working to end youth criminalization. Each February, we organize 1000 teens to march at the State House on these issues.
As cliche as this may sound, education is the key to making my dreams come true. As I mentioned earlier I will be attending college in the fall. I am a molecular biology major. My dream is to one day become a pediatrician, but I will not be able to achieve my dream without education. This fact is not only true to me, but true to other youth as well.
Aid from the state budgetto our local schools has been cut 40% over the last 10 years, if you factor in inflation. This means we don't have enough funding for teachers and programs that better prepares the youth for a better future. The State of Massachusetts made $3 Billion in tax cuts mostly to big corporations and well off individuals over the last 25 years which put us in this mess.
If there were more money, we could improve the quality of education in our schools.
I'm fighting for a solution to this. Last fall, the Youth Jobs Coalition as a part of Raise UP Massachusetts gathered 157,000 signatures of voters to qualify the Fair Share Amendment for the ballot in 2018. It would raise $1.8 Billion that's $1.8 billion for education and transportation.
The money would come from increasing taxes on millionaires. Does anyone here think millionaires should pay more taxes?
Improving education is a moral issue to me because poor education leads to poor lives. Poor education leads to inequality. Poor education is unjust.
All in all, youth need the help of all of you here in order gain the education they deserve and the quality of education they have the right to.
So, tell me. Will you all stand together to fight for justice?