SEIU MEMBERS SUPPORT GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED INVESTMENTS IN SCHOOLS AND YOUTH
Sacramento, CA (May 13, 2021) – SEIU California released the following statement regarding the Governor’s announcement of new investments in schools and youth. The following statement was made by Max Arias, Executive Director of SEIU Local 99 and SEIU California Executive Board Member.
“As parents and as school workers providing vital services to our students and families, SEIU members are deeply committed to the proposition that schools ought to play a leading role in creating a more equitable society, and we are fully aware that too often they have failed to fulfill that vital purpose. As a result, Black and Brown children face alarming and unfortunately growing opportunity gaps.
“We applaud the Governor’s shared commitment to the goal of equity and the Administration’s understanding that students need more than excellent classroom instruction in order to succeed. They need a baseline of security, housing, good nutrition, and healthcare, including mental health, to thrive intellectually and contribute their full talents to this great state. Schools also need to invest in the staff who create a safe, welcoming, and healthful school community. These new investments are a critical step toward a better future built on equity and opportunity.”