I wanted to get a better sense of where the school is and parking options and such before our upcoming visit. But when I got there, I found something unexpected -- the campus was dotted with hand-drawn signs like this one from students, saying things like "Save Our School" and "Save Our Teachers. " At the front entrance, I asked a parent on her way out what the signs were about, and she said that late-breaking budget cuts are jeopardizing some of the school’s teachers. The school has started an emergency fund-raising drive.
I’m not posting this photo to criticize McCoppin in any way. While my family is new to the elementary school process, we’ve heard plenty about tough budgets. It’s clear that families at the school are rallying around their teachers. There wasn’t any information about how to donate on any of the signs I saw, but if anyone from McCoppin wants to add that information in the comments section, I’ll put it in the main post, and I’ll kick in.
But I did have a few questions for those of you more familiar with the public system:
- Why would budget cuts be coming now, two months into the school year?
- Are these cuts happening because of the state budget recently passed in Sacramento?
- Are other schools in the district also facing a new round of cuts this fall?