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School furloughs leave parents in the lurch
San Jose Mercury News ^ | 4/26/10 | Sharon Noguchi

Posted on 04/26/2010 6:23:29 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom

Desperate to balance their budgets, school districts on the Peninsula and in the South Bay are increasingly turning to furloughs. But faced with no-school days at unconventional times, parents are scrambling for child care, worrying about how their children will remember square roots and feeling left out of the decision-making.

While a handful of districts, including San Jose Unified, began furlough days last year, hundreds more statewide are proposing the unpaid leaves as they struggle with their worst budget crunch in decades. If labor unions agree, millions of schoolchildren will get from one to five fewer days of school in the 2010-11 academic year.

In scheduling, districts follow no pattern: some, like San Jose Unified, plan an entire week off, Oct. 4-8. Others, like Jefferson Union High School District in Daly City, moved up the end of school—the last day of school this year will be May 28, and next year likewise will be four days short, Associate Superintendent Steve Fuentes said. The Oak Grove elementary district will scatter its unpaid days in October, November and June.

The unaccustomed breaks leave parents in the lurch. "A lot of parents are struggling with finding camps or a safe place for their kids to go," said David Ginsborg, a parent at Willow Glen elementary school in San Jose.

State law mandates public schools to offer at least 180 teaching days, but last summer the Legislature passed a bill temporarily allowing districts to shorten the school year by up to five days.

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: bankrupt; big; broke; government
My sister tells me that, in her school district in Maryland, eight administrators now do the work of the one that took care of all of it 30 years ago. Union wages, gold-plated retirement programs, larding on of high-level administrators, federal and state bureaucratic interference and paperwork -- it is a miracle that any kids are taught anything in public education.

How did this country work for so long? How has everything turned to sh!t in the last 40 years? How do we get back to where we were without any welfare payments sucking up our wealth?

1 posted on 04/26/2010 6:23:30 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I love the implication that taking care of their children is the STATE’s problem.


2 posted on 04/26/2010 6:33:39 AM PDT by Timeout (Brits have the royals. Russia, the Nomenklatura. WE have our Privileged "Public Servant" class.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“if labor unions agree”

not “if parents approve”

They could care less about the parents or kids.

Its time the parents were put in charge of educations in this country.


3 posted on 04/26/2010 6:55:51 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
How do we get back to where we were without any welfare payments sucking up our wealth?.

One the first places we should start is shutting down **all** the socialist-funded, single payer, government K-12 schools in the nation!

How did this country work for so long?.

Socialist-funded, single payer, government schools have **NEVER** "worked". Just by attending every day children learn to be comfortable with government taking money from their neighbor to pay for a service their parents want tuition-free! And...Their teachers indoctrinate them into believing it it their **right**!

Well?...If the government can take money from a neighbor for tution-free, socialist-funded, single payer schooling, why not a thousand other socialist wants and needs?

Within one to three generations of socialist-funded, single payer, government schools we had: the IRS, federal reserve, feminism, unions, direct election of Senators, FRD and his New Deal for four terms, Johnson's Great Society, the abolishment of the gold standard, and the Department of Education!

Government schools made Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lydon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and ( now) Obama INEVITABLE!!!!

4 posted on 04/26/2010 7:00:42 AM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
School furloughs leave parents in the lurch

Why bring John Kerry into this?

5 posted on 04/26/2010 7:03:59 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Timeout

Yep, after all, school is just free child care. The problem with public education isn’t just with the unions, parents have willingly abdicated their responsibilities as well.


6 posted on 04/26/2010 7:30:29 AM PDT by Spudx7
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

we have to prepare ourselves for the Educrat Bureaucracy to start resorting to desperate and extreme measures in order to get their hands on more cash.

I would expect to start seeing horror stories in the press about high school classes who cannot graduate due to “unfair funding cuts”


7 posted on 04/26/2010 7:35:21 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Timeout

Training, my FRiend, training.

People have been trained to believe the paradigm that is the responsibility of the State to educate their children.

Folks, don’t EVER be surprised when the ways of “the world”
are in diametric opposition to the ways of God.
They always will be.


8 posted on 04/26/2010 7:37:21 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Timeout
That is interesting, isn't it? I understand some of what the parents are worried about - having to find a way to take care of their children. That said, the less time the kids are in school the better. The schools are undermining one of their core purposes - to produce easily managed adults. Less school time (being managed and herded along into age-groups) means more time to learn how to be yourself and interact with others not your own age. Why, the kids might eventually come to the conclusion that they can go to the bathroom when they need to and get a drink of water without begging for permission.
9 posted on 04/26/2010 7:43:56 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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