Q: Why are you UPSET?
A: We are UPSET because we believe underfunded parents, students and educators needed to get together and let their voices be heard. We believe that many people have passionate answers as to why schools are not getting funded, but yet do not fully comprehend what cuts already made have done to our schools. We simply cannot afford any more cuts, our schools will no longer be viable institutions - we are UPSET because the greater community needs to know what is, and what will be, lost.
Q: What do you hope to achieve as a movement?
A: Our primary goal is to prevent more cuts from destroying our schools, which in turn will destroy our communities and harm our state. More specifically, however, here are the steps UPSET intends to take:
Q: How can I help?
A: There are three key things we need everyone to do!
Q: Why did you choose May 11 as the date for your march?
A: We originally planned for May 11 for we thought it would be a perfect time to capture press coverage on the Friday afternoon before the PPS School Board budget vote. We are not targeting the PPS board specifically because we DO NOT believe they are the root of school budget issues - we fully realize the problem has answers in Salem. However, with our united message we hope to get the PPS School Board and school boards all across the state UPSET. We invite school board directors to be UPSET as we do with all members of the community. Imagine if boards, starting with PPS on May 14 opted to not vote on an underfunded budget or to simply vote "no" because they too believe, "No More Cuts! No More Excuses!"
Q: From where do propose the money to adequately fund schools should come?
A: The how is not our focus. We each have our personal views about tax systems and public spending, but it is up to the legislature to determine how to fund public education. They are responsible for creating a budget for the state. Our purpose is to remind them that adequately funding public education is their responsibility and that we will not tolerate them balancing the budget at the expense of the children of the state.