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#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.
#42 May 23, 2010
I agree, they can walk the children too school, stay and VOLUNTEER! make your self useful.
#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.
#44 May 23, 2010
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
#45 May 23, 2010
Great, now all the fatties can't walk to school, considering most just stand around in PE.
#46 May 23, 2010
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.
#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.
#48 May 24, 2010
Boy are you misinformed.
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