Missed opportunities in proposed budget
By: Michael Watenpaugh | Marin Independent Journal
What do you do with a student who continually misses assignments,
due dates or deadlines? Teachers realize that this is a problem. It
can lead to bad habits that can greatly impact studies and other
important areas in the life of the student.
A good teacher will react accordingly: Requiring the student to
complete the late assignment; providing consequences for the missed
deadline; and taking steps to ensure that it will not happen in the
Students need to be held accountable and to learn what it means to
be reliable and to follow through on meeting expectations and
requirements. Our state legislators and the governor need to learn
this lesson, as well.
On June 15, the constitutional deadline came and went for the state
Legislature to enact a budget. As of today, the state has no
spending plan in place for 2008-09.
A deadline and an opportunity for leadership have been missed.
California's schools have closed for the summer without any idea of
what challenges and realities the new state budget will bring.
Districts have planned for whatever may come. For some, it has meant
the delivery of layoff notices or the canceling of summer school and
other critical student programs.
School District Makes Summer School Cuts
By: Lynn Stuart | Fox 6 News (San Diego)
Thousands of kids around the county are going to have some
unexpected time on their hands while getting a lesson in economics
due to cuts in summer school programs.
A spokesperson for the San Diego Unified School District says these
are tough cuts to make, but with it's budget slashed by about $56
million, they had to cut somewhere.
San Diego Unified is the biggest district in the county to eliminate
summer school for kids in first through fifth grade. Last year, more
than 3,200 kids were able to hone their reading, writing, and