Calendar isn't settled: Choice is bet...

Calendar isn't settled: Choice is better option

There are 5 comments on the The Reporter story from May 21, 2008, titled Calendar isn't settled: Choice is better option. In it, The Reporter reports that:

For more than a decade, the Vacaville Unified School District was rich with scheduling choices.

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Max

Santa Rosa, CA

#1 May 21, 2008
In all the towns and all the cities, there are not statues to committees.

A committee would do nothing but rehash old business. Approve the deal as is and move on.

VUSD is showing good leadership by negotiating something they want and giving money for it.
Dale

Mill Valley, CA

#2 May 21, 2008
Thank you and kudos to the Editor for this intelligent article!
Kathy

San Francisco, CA

#3 May 21, 2008
I have 3 Children, and experienced both a traditional schedule and year round. From an educational point of view year round has been far more beneficial to my children. Let's look at the facts.
1) Traditional Schools in the immediate area score between 2-7 MAX; and for those of you judging without knowledge we DO have second language english learners and we happen to do a good job with those students whom are ALLOWED to attend school on a regular bases, and are not FORBIDDEN to speak English at home.
2) Absentee rate is lower than the majority of schools in the district.(So Mr. Superintendant, should we bow down to your personal schedule VS quality education?)
And to you Mr. Max, maybe quality of education doesn't matter to you but I certainly am not willing to risk a "California Distinquished School Award" to those other schools in my district that score a "2" that is not acceptable. So give us the freedom of choice

How would you feel if your superintendant was set up for a nice raise & retirement package at your expense of your childs better education, better look at those govt. cuts coming your way maybe a better education for your children will become a bit more important.

We'll see who has the position of power may not be election year this June/November but we will remember who risked the value of education on the board and made public comments slamming the parents advocating for a better and PROVEN track record what do you have to show for it, what is your achievement level or do you not care. Good for the parents that do care and take a stand that education is IMPORTANT to our future generations.
parent

Fairfield, CA

#4 May 21, 2008
Kathy wrote:
I have 3 Children, and experienced both a traditional schedule and year round. From an educational point of view year round has been far more beneficial to my children. Let's look at the facts.
1) Traditional Schools in the immediate area score between 2-7 MAX; and for those of you judging without knowledge we DO have second language english learners and we happen to do a good job with those students whom are ALLOWED to attend school on a regular bases, and are not FORBIDDEN to speak English at home.
2) Absentee rate is lower than the majority of schools in the district.(So Mr. Superintendant, should we bow down to your personal schedule VS quality education?)
And to you Mr. Max, maybe quality of education doesn't matter to you but I certainly am not willing to risk a "California Distinquished School Award" to those other schools in my district that score a "2" that is not acceptable. So give us the freedom of choice
How would you feel if your superintendant was set up for a nice raise & retirement package at your expense of your childs better education, better look at those govt. cuts coming your way maybe a better education for your children will become a bit more important.
We'll see who has the position of power may not be election year this June/November but we will remember who risked the value of education on the board and made public comments slamming the parents advocating for a better and PROVEN track record what do you have to show for it, what is your achievement level or do you not care. Good for the parents that do care and take a stand that education is IMPORTANT to our future generations.
I have no opinion on the calendar. Don't mind either...
But, the ratio of regular ed vrs. special ed and ESL at Cooper/Browns Valley is MUCH lower than at the other schools you are comparing yourself to. Please. Children at Cooper and Browns Valley are by far more advantaged than most of the students at the other elementary schools in the area. They score higher because they have better homes and there are so many more with very involved parents. That is the only reason. Calendar has nothing to do with it. Kids in the schools located in the most affluent areas of any city tend to score higher.
No school in the district has a "no English at home" rule. Get your facts straight.
Let's check test scores again next year once those schools have been on a traditional calendar. Those kids will still outscore the other schools because MOST of them come from good homes where parents make sure they value their opportunity to get an education and they show up and support their kids at school.
Without the parents, there are no distinguished schools. Teachers throughout the district work their butts off for these kids. Schools with LOTS of great families will always do better. Calendar is not the factor.
Max

Santa Rosa, CA

#5 May 21, 2008
Kathy wrote:
I have 3 Children, and experienced both a traditional schedule and year round. From an educational point of view year round has been far more beneficial to my children. Let's look at the facts.
1) Traditional Schools in the immediate area score between 2-7 MAX; and for those of you judging without knowledge we DO have second language english learners and we happen to do a good job with those students whom are ALLOWED to attend school on a regular bases, and are not FORBIDDEN to speak English at home.
2) Absentee rate is lower than the majority of schools in the district.(So Mr. Superintendant, should we bow down to your personal schedule VS quality education?)
And to you Mr. Max, maybe quality of education doesn't matter to you but I certainly am not willing to risk a "California Distinquished School Award" to those other schools in my district that score a "2" that is not acceptable. So give us the freedom of choice
How would you feel if your superintendant was set up for a nice raise & retirement package at your expense of your childs better education, better look at those govt. cuts coming your way maybe a better education for your children will become a bit more important.
We'll see who has the position of power may not be election year this June/November but we will remember who risked the value of education on the board and made public comments slamming the parents advocating for a better and PROVEN track record what do you have to show for it, what is your achievement level or do you not care. Good for the parents that do care and take a stand that education is IMPORTANT to our future generations.
You have yet to realize that the teachers union only cares about teachers salaries and benefits, your students are an after thought. Teachers accepted the money at your children's expense in your eyes. Don't yammer on to me about it, go grab a teacher and express yourself.

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