School busing cut

There are 48 comments on the San Bernardino County Sun story from May 22, 2010, titled School busing cut. In it, San Bernardino County Sun reports that:

Five days a week, bus driver Jacalyn Condley-Jennings picks up 40 students in the East Highland area and transports them to two of Redlands high schools.

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Katee C

Yucaipa, CA

#41 May 23, 2010
I wasn't aware that pre-school for four-year-olds was mandatory!

Oh, it ISN'T?!! WHY can't THAT program be dissolved and monies from that be put into busing?

Some propose that students walk or bike to school. For some, that may be a logical and practical solution, BUT do those same people REALISTICALLY think that it's a SAFE option for those students who live in East Highland or other areas that have been bused thus far? By the way, I'm talking about those students who live in the CATCHMENT areas of the Redland's high schools; I am NOT referring to the many who DON'T even reside within those areas! That's another problem that needs to be addressed!

Yes, it would truly be "safe" to have EH children biking down Greenspot Road or Orange street! Better yet, walking!

I agree with parental responsibility, but, for some parents, this could well be a breaking point what with their jobs.

I have had to pay for busing and would be willing to do so in the future.
now a smile on my face

Torrance, CA

#42 May 23, 2010
The Truth wrote:
The Victorville quote about having a large percentage of poor income families makes me angry. Why can't these "Welfare queens" put down the TiVo remote long enough to drive their little spawns to school?
If they really cared about their child's education, they'd do this without being ask. But again, how many of the poor parents show up at PTA meetings, parent-teacher conferences, or volunteer to help in the classroom or during lunch?
Not many, I'd bet.
After all, they are too "busy" being poor to be of any practical use to the school district.
I agree, they can walk the children too school, stay and VOLUNTEER! make your self useful.
Educator

Palmdale, CA

#43 May 23, 2010
In one of the schools I taught at in Rialto, everybody was given a free lunch, because someone fell the poor kids would be "stigmatized" by showing a free lunch ticket! What hogwash. Then the next year, they started offering free breakfasts. OK, I'm fine with that, but several of my students told me that these were the only two meals they received all day!

"Let the school take care of you" is NOT a mantra for raising a successful child!

Then they added a class for pre-kindergarten "latchkey" kids, along with English language lessons for their parents!

That's when I decided to quit and move to a better district.
Pithy

Santa Paula, CA

#44 May 23, 2010
Katee C wrote:
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And....HOW many have lied on their free meal applications?!! I have wondered about that in years past and wondered if TRULY any of the powers-that-be have EVER checked out the information provided as to it truthfulness?
Actually, we are not allowed to check the data (income/people in house) a parent puts on the form. They only allow a 10% random check, if they check at all. Do you know how many times we see a parent drive up in a new SUV, or better, to drop off their child? We also see hitches on the vehicle for their boat/trailer they take on vacation. Yet they can't affor a buck for breakfast, lunch, etc
Ken Keniff

Santa Monica, CA

#45 May 23, 2010
Great, now all the fatties can't walk to school, considering most just stand around in PE.
Bitter Bitter

Upland, CA

#46 May 23, 2010
Redlands Resident wrote:
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I am sorry your kids are a failure because you are not involved in their education. No reason to blame the schools. Redlands is one of the finest districts to send your children to in the area.
Thanks for your sentiment. My kids did the AP thing plus Cal State and Crafton. They got into Ivy league Universities and found that they were dreadfully underprepared compared with other public school graduates from around the country.

I suppose that graduate degrees and six figure incomes could be construed as failure. However it's good enough for me. It wasn't easy catching up during the first years of college. RUSD is very, very mediocre. Check out the national rankings.
Ex student

Palmdale, CA

#47 May 23, 2010
Ken, I hated PE in school. I was always rather uncoordinated. That fact, coupled with my severe vision problems, meant I was always the last person selected for any team sport.

Now, 40 years later, I have several college degrees, own my own home, and have zero debt.

Those jocks from the PE ground? They are now the very people now asking me if I'd like to super-size my order.

I feel sorry for those uneducated parents who still think that PE somehow matters.
Come on

Redlands, CA

#48 May 24, 2010
Bitter Bitter wrote:
Redlands schools are so crappy anyway that the kids can't get into competitive universities. Doesn't matter if they walk or ride, they're going to end up at Crafton to learn serving skills for Starbucks.
Boy are you misinformed.

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