In our school district our enrollment is declining every year. There are fewer and fewer students which clearly means fewer resources. It means lost finances from the state and federal government. Declining enrollment is not good for a school, but families can’t afford to live in Santa Cruz anymore.

We are not going to be able to pay our teachers if school finances are going down, and we’re not getting much help because of declining enrollment. We have more and more open positions every year being filled by temporary teachers who are not providing the same level of engagement as fully credentialed teachers. We are seeing substitutes coming in – sub after sub, week after week, for some classes the whole year because there is no one to fill the position.

-High School Teacher, Santa Cruz