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Teachers recommend Bloomfield school district consider year-round s...

There are 116 comments on the Farmington Daily Times story from Sep 14, 2010, titled Teachers recommend Bloomfield school district consider year-round s.... In it, Farmington Daily Times reports that:

Jenilyn Freestone's son Jason struggles every year at the start of school. A fourth-grader at Blanco Elementary School, Jason is a special education student with memory problems.

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TeaForThought

Rio Rancho, NM

#1 Sep 15, 2010
So far this year, Teachers have contributed more that $3,000,000 for their unions to support Obama, a passively submissive pathological narcissist as president and Diane Denish/Richardson/Obama as Governor.

We The People, are coming in November -
Wendy Vicenti

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Sep 15, 2010
We just moved back into the Bloomfield School District and my daughter attends Mesa Alta Jr High. I feel that the students as well as the schools would benefit from a year around system, as long as it is approched correctly. My oldest daughter went to school for a while in California where the year around system is used and it was better all the way around. Yes there is more to consider and by far I think people here such as Bloomfield and Farmington are more narrow minded when it comes to change, however if there is a great deal of explnation maybe in the form of planning meetings that the community and parents child care etc could attend then the transition would run more smoothly. I for one would love to see the change and would support it and encourage other parents that it was for the best. I am going also to see what I can do to help the committee already in place
Wendy Vicenti

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Sep 15, 2010
TeaForThought wrote:
So far this year, Teachers have contributed more that $3,000,000 for their unions to support Obama, a passively submissive pathological narcissist as president and Diane Denish/Richardson/Obama as Governor.
We The People, are coming in November -
Hmmm and I thought I wanted to move to Alb because the people were more open minded that is the problem with the daily times it spans everywhere allowing more narrow minded people to make comments about something that does not even effect them or their children please leave this up to the people who it will effect I am from that area with a child that attends the schools there even though the post does not appear there because I am on travel and also if your are going to post such a narrow minded comment please at least give a first name
my two cents

Santa Fe, NM

#4 Sep 15, 2010
why tell me should the schools go to year round when ONE lady has a problem with her child not wanting to go to school? sounds like thats a personal problem on her part and maybe a bit of a spoiled child. if the child is mentally disabled shouldnt he be in a school for the mentally challanged children? i mean i feel for the child but why should all the kids have to go to year round school because this ONE child has a problem? its not fair to make all kids suffer because he has a memory problem...put him in a school for mentally challenged children where he belongs. if the child were mine i would do whats best for HIM.

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#5 Sep 15, 2010
Bloomfield needs to take a close look at areas where year-round schools have been tried.

I used to live in Las Vegas, Nevada and still have family there. Las Vegas promoted year-round schools as a method of improving education and saving money since the buildings were sitting there empty three months out of the year.

What they found is that once year-round schools were instituted, costs skyrocketed. Just cooling the buildings through the hot summer months nearly broke the school district, and left less money for classroom instruction.

Now Las Vegas has switched back to 9 month schools, and promoted it as a cost saving measure that is necessary to save the school district.

They are now also heavily promoting fully-accredited home schooling as a way to save the now cash-strapped district money.

Beware the unintended consequences.
WOW

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Sep 15, 2010
my two cents wrote:
why tell me should the schools go to year round when ONE lady has a problem with her child not wanting to go to school? sounds like thats a personal problem on her part and maybe a bit of a spoiled child. if the child is mentally disabled shouldnt he be in a school for the mentally challanged children? i mean i feel for the child but why should all the kids have to go to year round school because this ONE child has a problem? its not fair to make all kids suffer because he has a memory problem...put him in a school for mentally challenged children where he belongs. if the child were mine i would do whats best for HIM.
It's not just one child. This is a problem thousands of kids have... in San Juan county not to mention the state of NM.. Two cents?? maybe no sence..

Since: Dec 09

Location hidden

#7 Sep 15, 2010
Cary L Nickel wrote:
Bloomfield needs to take a close look at areas where year-round schools have been tried.
I used to live in Las Vegas, Nevada and still have family there. Las Vegas promoted year-round schools as a method of improving education and saving money since the buildings were sitting there empty three months out of the year.
What they found is that once year-round schools were instituted, costs skyrocketed. Just cooling the buildings through the hot summer months nearly broke the school district, and left less money for classroom instruction.
Now Las Vegas has switched back to 9 month schools, and promoted it as a cost saving measure that is necessary to save the school district.
They are now also heavily promoting fully-accredited home schooling as a way to save the now cash-strapped district money.
Beware the unintended consequences.
That Empty Building Theory never made any sense precisely for the reason you just stated.

There are many misconceptions regarding year-round school, however, not the least of which is concerning school breaks. As with most things, the advantages and disadvantages should be weighed carefully, because both definitely exist.
SIMPLE

Farmington, NM

#8 Sep 15, 2010
It is so simple just find out what is working at the best school systems in the world. And copy what works. For instance, if Japan is the best and they go to school every other Thursday, that is for us. If Hawaii is the best and they have a 4 hour lunch break to go surfing let's switch to that and build a wave pool complex. See how easy it is!

Since: Sep 10

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Sep 15, 2010
You are a jackn*t. EVERY child has the right to attend public school with their peers regardless of their disability. This isn't the 1950's when parents put their children away in homes just because they had a disability and because their doctors recommended it based on what is "best" for that child. How closed minded can you be?? This isn't based off of ONE child and his parent(s). She was just an example for hundreds who have the same problem throughout the community. How can you call a child with a mental disability "a spoiled brat"?? "Make all kids suffer"?? How is that suffering? Wanting to weigh the options for the children on giving them better education is NOT suffering. "if the child were mine i would do whats best for HIM." That is exactly what this parent is trying to do as well. She has the best interest of her child in mind to give him the best education experiences as possible. I can't believe anyone would state comments to obnoxious. I agree with the other poster that you have no "cents" rather than two.
my two cents wrote:
why tell me should the schools go to year round when ONE lady has a problem with her child not wanting to go to school? sounds like thats a personal problem on her part and maybe a bit of a spoiled child. if the child is mentally disabled shouldnt he be in a school for the mentally challanged children? i mean i feel for the child but why should all the kids have to go to year round school because this ONE child has a problem? its not fair to make all kids suffer because he has a memory problem...put him in a school for mentally challenged children where he belongs. if the child were mine i would do whats best for HIM.
problem with america

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Sep 15, 2010
This the problem with America, why don't you just work with your kids and spend time with them, yes I know we all are busy these days trying to make ends meet, but if you read and spend time with your children, maybe they might be more successful in school. Take time to with children and help them be more successful rather than leaving up to the schools. Year round, 4 days a week, or 9 months who cares I am sure if you ask teachers the kids that do better in school their parents are more involved in their lives and give a help in their learning.

Since: Aug 10

Denver, CO

#11 Sep 15, 2010
First off, if Bloomfield is going to do it they have to see if others around here are also. If no one else is going to do it, it makes no sense for them to do it. Like the article said, some families have kids in different districts. I lived in NC where they went to year round school and the kids missed more days because of family taking vaction when they and other relatives could make it at the same time to see each other. So how will that effect students attendence record since you can only miss so many days? Then like the article also said, when do you do major work on the buildings? I say to stay with the 9 month school year and for those that have a hard time to begin the year have summer school or refresher classes at the ned of the summer before the school year begins.

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#12 Sep 15, 2010
problem with america wrote:
This the problem with America, why don't you just work with your kids and spend time with them, yes I know we all are busy these days trying to make ends meet, but if you read and spend time with your children, maybe they might be more successful in school. Take time to with children and help them be more successful rather than leaving up to the schools. Year round, 4 days a week, or 9 months who cares I am sure if you ask teachers the kids that do better in school their parents are more involved in their lives and give a help in their learning.
Statistically, home schooled kids are better educated at earlier ages, and do better in college later on.

So maybe that's the answer...
The True Meaning

Farmington, NM

#13 Sep 15, 2010
The true meaning of "home-schooling" for some parents is that while the kids are "learning" at home they can also learn about doing laundry, washing dishes, baby-sitting, mowing grass, the list of chores goes on and on. These chores are fine but are they education.
Phil McHawk

Santa Fe, NM

#14 Sep 15, 2010
Cary L Nickel wrote:
Bloomfield needs to take a close look at areas where year-round schools have been tried.
I used to live in Las Vegas, Nevada and still have family there. Las Vegas promoted year-round schools as a method of improving education and saving money since the buildings were sitting there empty three months out of the year.
What they found is that once year-round schools were instituted, costs skyrocketed. Just cooling the buildings through the hot summer months nearly broke the school district, and left less money for classroom instruction.
Now Las Vegas has switched back to 9 month schools, and promoted it as a cost saving measure that is necessary to save the school district.
They are now also heavily promoting fully-accredited home schooling as a way to save the now cash-strapped district money.
Beware the unintended consequences.
Uh yeah - let's use Las Vegas and the standard by which we base our local decisions, especially when it comes to the way we manage our childrens future. Great Idea!

Next we can put up billboards with sexual content - let's start now.



Since: Nov 08

Grand Junction, CO

#15 Sep 15, 2010
The question that needs to be answered here is...

"What is best for our students." As a teacher, I have little doubt that year round school is the best way to help our students retain what they learn.
3rd World

Santa Fe, NM

#16 Sep 15, 2010
The problem isn't that we don't go year round, it's the educational system, parents, etc. 9 month school wasn't a problem when I went to school so what's different now. States that lead the country in education aren't year round systems. There has to be a balance between what's best for the student as well as the family. Most homes now both parents work and year round school would limit times families can take vacations or trips, and these things are important to families. The alternative is to have kids miss school to take trips. I know in my job many of my co-workers are parents, we all aren't going to be able to take the same time off just because school is out.
Fed Up

Albuquerque, NM

#17 Sep 15, 2010
ARe you kidding? I am tired of the schools making exceptions for the few kids that are having issues. If they need extra help, send them to summer school or the district should provide some type of program during the summer for those that are having issues. That's what's wrong with the system. Some of these children are having issues because the parents don't want to work with them and are pushing it off on the school district to bend and make exceptions. The greater majority of students that are not having an issue should not be punished for a small population of the students that are. It's crap!
Dirt McGirt

Santa Fe, NM

#18 Sep 15, 2010
Comments on this forum are a prime example of the closed-minded community that we live in. The fact is that our state ranks close to the worst in the country for education. This has been the case for a number of years, not just since Richardson has been in office. There is something obviously wrong with the way our state handles education and the only way to see improvements would be a drastic change from the norm. Our gubernatorial candidates only talk about throwing more money at education or not making anymore cuts to it's funding. This is not going to solve the problem. Parents and the community need to step up and tell those in charge that something desperately needs to be done. Why not start with giving year-round schooling a try?
No Way

Aztec, NM

#19 Sep 15, 2010
I'll be taking my children out of this school district if they move to year around! Poor parenting is the reason children fail in school systems!
No No

Albuquerque, NM

#20 Sep 15, 2010
And just who in heck is going to pay for this NEA Teachers Union socialistic nightmare? Time for a darn good revolt. We the People DON'T work for you. Wake up people, they are supposed to be working for, and responsible to us! It is time to kill the corrupt UNIONS that are destroying our freedom. Our children are NOT property of the godless elite to program 365 days a year.

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