A respected friend recently asked for my take on the article, “Where have all the children gone?” (Oct. 6). It dealt with declining Fairfield school enrollment in K-12 and subsequent school closures. This decline began after 2002 and has steadily gone on for the past 10 years.
Fairfield-Suisun School District Trustee Dave Gaut said, “a lot of families just can’t make it in California” and additionally said “people are becoming more mobile and going where the work is.” Two large employers have moved their operations to Texas, taking many people with them. In fact, Debbie Ratcliffe, a spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency, said “about 600 new schools will be built this year in the state.”
State Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Chico, running for the seat of Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, said “we were the promised land,” but now the state is a government-created “dust bowl.” This Democrat-controlled state government has “choked commerce and driven business out of California.”
Garamendi’s response is classic. He said “student population has dropped for several reasons – including a fertility rate in California that has dropped dramatically in the past decade as well as families with fewer children.”
Really, could it be that the reason for the decline is that people are more willing and able to relocate to where the jobs are and to those states more receptive to new business? Could it be that people who chose to remain here are opting for smaller families that they can take care of properly?
Garamendi is out of touch with what is going on here. The heavy-handed Democrat-controlled Brown administration has foisted numerous restrictions on business, causing a grand exodus to other states. Numerous cities and troubled states are controlled by Democrats. My advice to Garamendi is to stay out of problems that he knows nothing about and leave it to people who know what they are talking about.