Skip to comments.School furloughs leave parents in the lurch
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 schoolthe 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.
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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?
I love the implication that taking care of their children is the STATE’s problem.
“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.
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!!!!
Why bring John Kerry into this?
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.
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”
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.