Every 9 seconds

Our children are headed back to class today in many North Carolina schools as well as around the nation. Truth be told, I wish I could be there for my students today, but the reality is I’m running for Congress for each and every one of them as much as I am my own girls. The future of our children is too important a responsibility to postpone, and sadly I believe far too many of our leaders have neglected their duty.

There is no greater urgency or cause. We can lose a generation if we don’t act now. All of us – parents, teachers, schools, Churches, commissioners and Congress – have an obligation to our children and a role to play.

As a teacher and candidate for Congress, you’ve probably seen me speak out repeatedly on education issues like reforming No Child Left Behind - but as a parent, I’m truly saddened to say even greater threats to our children’s future abound in the halls of our schools.

Every 9 seconds in America a student becomes a dropout. The economy, unemployment, drugs, even our healthcare system can play a part in interrupting the brightest of futures for our children. And it’s not just an urban problem plaguing big cities by any stretch of the imagination.

I teach in a small community with a population of about 1,700 so much like most of our District and see it daily. The Governor's Crime Commission estimates there to be at least 8,500 gang members in nearly 400 gangs across our state, and that’s just one of the harsh realities now effecting every community in America. It concerns me deeply that more is not being done to raise awareness and adopt a strategy from every angle to save our children on all these issues. I believe I can make a difference if I get the honor of serving in the 111th Congress

Please do all you can to help this campaign fight for our children’s future. I’m working hard to win in November and will work hard for all our children in Congress. I have to raise $200,000 over the next 2 weeks to keep my ads on the air. I need your help. As a teacher and former mill worker, I don't have rich friends who can fund my campaign like my opponent does. I need you.

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Tell me about the problems facing your schools?

As your teacher in Congress I'll watch out over all of our kids.

Cross posted over at DailyKos.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Textbooks.

At least in the County schools, anyway. Very often 4-5 different classes have to share the same set of books, meaning individual students aren't allowed to take the books home.

Kinda makes it hard to do homework, if you know what I mean. While many teachers do summarize and produce handouts for the kids to take home, without the text in hand as a reference, necessary background is missing. There were numerous occasions where I had to fill in some gaps off the top of my head or use the Internet if one of my kids was having trouble grasping the subject, and on more than one occasion, my help ended up missing what the teacher was trying to impart.

And don't get me started on the college textbook issue...:(