Vaca to end year-round schooling

Vaca to end year-round schooling

There are 32 comments on the The Reporter story from May 23, 2008, titled Vaca to end year-round schooling. In it, The Reporter reports that:

In a 5-2 vote Tuesday night, Vacaville school board members ratified a contract with teachers - and with it a controversial single-track calendar for local schools.

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Betsy

Pleasanton, CA

#21 May 23, 2008
Reggie Miller wrote:
Well time to start looking at other school options.
It is obvious that the Vacaville school board has only its own agenda and in no way care whats good for the kids.
Its funny how they are yell and scream to keep you child in school everyday so they can get their $75. Now they are going to push people out to keep their children is a system that works, be that private, charter or home based.
Good job Vacaville School board, hope you truly like the outcome.
If that's all it took to test your loyalty to your district, good riddance. It's obvious you aren't all that invested in VUSD or you'd be willing to deal with the changes. BTW, your district has been LOSING students; this may just be the saving grace. Well, except for your children.
Carol Anderson

United States

#22 May 23, 2008
One more good example of the common people not getting what they want, once a politcal or school board make their minds up on something, the deaf ear is turned. That the wage hike was tied in with the year round schedule makes no sence at all.
Patty

Milpitas, CA

#23 May 23, 2008
Oh sure! Now they change to a traditional calendar - having elementary and secondary aged children on different school calendars is a major pain. Now my youngest is finally in middle school so it comes to late to help my crazy schedule, hopefully this change will be positive for other families in my situation.
Reggie Miller

San Francisco, CA

#24 May 23, 2008
Betsy wrote:
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If that's all it took to test your loyalty to your district, good riddance. It's obvious you aren't all that invested in VUSD or you'd be willing to deal with the changes. BTW, your district has been LOSING students; this may just be the saving grace. Well, except for your children.
My Loyalty to the district.

Are you kidding?

I could give a Rats behind about the district.
My loyalty is for my kids.
My son has excelled in this year round calender. Both his mother and i have seen very dramatic differences in his learning.

If the change was for good i would have no problem "dealing with it", but when it makes no sense why should i.

My choice to further my child's education in a manner i see fit is my business.

You obviously havent been to school outside of this "great City".

California schools have to be the worst i have been to. And now that i have kids and am trying to be involved i can see why.

I seriously doubt the two schools that are on a year round schedule have been causing the mass exodus you referred to.

So how many kids do you have currently in Vacaville schools?
Max

Santa Rosa, CA

#25 May 23, 2008
Good negotiation tactic by VUSD. Genius yes, we need more of that from this district.
calkid

United States

#26 May 23, 2008
About the dang time.
YRE parent

San Pablo, CA

#27 May 23, 2008
Sandra Zarodney wrote:
My daughter, Nancy Campbell, who spoke at your meeting on Tuesday evening, was correct. It was a form of "blackmail" to sway teachers, with a raise, attached to the agreement of the new school calendar year. What's best for the District, Board Members, or Teachers, is not necessarily, what's in the best interest of the children! Ask around, listen to what the parents say about "Year 'Round School", and how it benefits their children overall, and then make your decison. The children should be your top priority, how they learn, grow, and how they achieve. The children who are really hurt the most, from this decision, are the children with learning disabilities, and retention issues. They excel in year round schooling, since what they are learning is always being reinforced with progressive learning. It's the long delay, during the summer months, that breaks up that progression. It benefits any student. It shouldn't always be about money, and convenience for everyone else, it should be our children who are uppermost in our decision making. I feel that they were not given that consideration, and that's a sad commentary on education today, and the people "in charge" who are making those decision for them.
I agree with Ms. Cunningham's comments at last night's meeting. It was absolutely a form of "blackmail". During negotiations the school board banked on the teachers wanting/needing a raise. Therefore; they dangled that carrot in front of them but said you have to give us a traditional calendar in return. In these economic times, who doesn't need a raise? But don't let our hard-working teachers be made out as the "bad guys" in all of this. The blame lies with the 5 members of the school board who voted "no". They should be ashamed of themselves.
Mother of 3

Daly City, CA

#28 May 23, 2008
When does the calendar change? This year or next? I have one in Orchard and one in Browns Valley, it will be easier to be in one calendar year not sure which one I like, new to the area! Please post when this starts. Thanks
Reggie Miller

San Francisco, CA

#29 May 24, 2008
Next year will be a slightly modified for the year round. The "new and improved" traditional calendar starts in 09.

Why do people have their kids split in schools?
I understand elementary and middle school. But why to different elementary schools.

When we registered my son they gave us the choice, year round Browns Vally or Traditional Orchard.

Why would you purposely split them up?

And for those that dont like the year round program why didn't you just register your kids in a traditional if it was such a pain in your schedule?
patti

AOL

#30 May 26, 2008
Reggie Miller wrote:
Next year will be a slightly modified for the year round. The "new and improved" traditional calendar starts in 09.
Why do people have their kids split in schools?
I understand elementary and middle school. But why to different elementary schools.
When we registered my son they gave us the choice, year round Browns Vally or Traditional Orchard.
Why would you purposely split them up?
And for those that dont like the year round program why didn't you just register your kids in a traditional if it was such a pain in your schedule?
The reason being is that we live only a few yards away from Cooper. Now why on earth would I want to DRIVE my kids to another school when they can just cross a street? I wanted my kids to attend the same school as their friends in the neighborhood. This is exactly why all schools should be on the same schedule, period. If you have more than one child in year round it is a very hard schedule to match with the traditional schedule. Many parents rely on their older children to supervise for two hours until parents get home from work. Obviously you only have one child so it worked for you. But the majority of families in Vacaville have more than one child attending public school.
Betsy

Pleasanton, CA

#31 May 27, 2008
I have been to schools far worse than Vacaville has to offer. YOu think the standards are poor here? Ha, try living in other states, especially some on the East Coast.
I did not say the YR schedule caused the mass exodus, I said the District has been losing students.
Go, take care of your children as you see fit. I personally don't care where your children go to school. I hope you find the alternative you're looking for. BTW, I don't have "kids", I have children, and I have three. What difference does that make?
Reggie Miller wrote:
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My Loyalty to the district.
Are you kidding?
I could give a Rats behind about the district.
My loyalty is for my kids.
My son has excelled in this year round calender. Both his mother and i have seen very dramatic differences in his learning.
If the change was for good i would have no problem "dealing with it", but when it makes no sense why should i.
My choice to further my child's education in a manner i see fit is my business.
You obviously havent been to school outside of this "great City".
California schools have to be the worst i have been to. And now that i have kids and am trying to be involved i can see why.
I seriously doubt the two schools that are on a year round schedule have been causing the mass exodus you referred to.
So how many kids do you have currently in Vacaville schools?

“When in doubt, find chocolate.”

Since: Jun 08

Vacaville

#32 Jun 15, 2008
Reggie Miller wrote:
Next year will be a slightly modified for the year round. The "new and improved" traditional calendar starts in 09.
Why do people have their kids split in schools?
I understand elementary and middle school. But why to different elementary schools.
When we registered my son they gave us the choice, year round Browns Vally or Traditional Orchard.
Why would you purposely split them up?
And for those that dont like the year round program why didn't you just register your kids in a traditional if it was such a pain in your schedule?
Some people have sdc or special ed students that not all schools can accomodate. Other reasons than that, Im not sure.

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