A place for parents educating their kids in San Francisco
I was wondering if you might start a thread or post some information or links regarding the implications of the state budget cuts for K-12.
How much more can they possibly cut? We're down to the bare bones and the parents group can only do so much. Very grim. :(
Thankfully this year SF has a some breathing room with the rainy day fund, Prop H monies, and federal stimulus. Thank you! former Supervisor Tom Ammiano, SF voters and President Obama. Beyond that.....hopefully some of these projects to put together a liberal-moderate coalition to reform state government and its ability to budget in a sane way come to fruition. Reform Prop 13, abolish the 2/3 rule, and much more.
22 students in K classes next year, for a start. Of course that means 22 in first grade the following year, etc., although it shouldn't be a surprise when they increase class sizes to 23 and beyond.
Prop 13 needs to be revisited.
If you really need to cut expenses, why can't you reduce teachers' salaries, benefits, and pension contributions by 10%? And cut administrative staff compensation by 20%?In an era of 10% unemployment, this should be a legitimate option, but of course it will not ever be considered.
My elementary school has had to increase 4th and 5th grade class sizes to 30. In the past, the parents had chipped in and the budget was such that the class size could be kept down to 25 or so (they did a hybrid 4th/5th grade class) but next year there is not enough money. I'm very worried about this, because I feel that 30 is too many kids in a class. Of course, some of the teachers at the school remember when there were 35 kids in kindergarten on up! Can you believe that? - 35 5 year olds and one teacher!
4:43: in the days of larger class size, there were teacher's aides to make it more manageable. It was still horrible, horrible. 3:43pm: instead of being generous on others' behalf, how about we cut YOUR salary 10%, and donate the money to the schools? You can donate your 401K to the pot as well, while you're at it.