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Chesterfield County Schools Consider Four Day Week - wtvr

There are 41 comments on the WTVR story from May 11, 2010, titled Chesterfield County Schools Consider Four Day Week - wtvr. In it, WTVR reports that:

How would you feel about your child going to school only four days a week? It's one of several options school leaders in Chesterfield are considering for the 2012 school year.

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Sunshine

Midlothian, VA

#1 May 11, 2010
What is wrong with Chesterfield county that they are in such a terrible financial situation? Our children are already starting to fall behind other countries in education and now we are proposing to cut back even further? This will also create a lot of problems for working parents who would have to come up with additional money for an extra day of childcare. If you also take away school transportation, you will have a problem with some students not being able to get reliable transportation to school. Believe it or not, some people can't afford cars because the car payment plus taxes, gas and insurance make them unattainable. Most of us take having a car for granted but there are people who simply can't swing it. And can you imagine the traffic nightmare at school if EVERY student had to be picked up?

Surely there are other options to balance the budget. How about goverment leaders forgo their salaries until they can manage a budget properly? All I can say is thank goodness my kids don't attend school in this county. I feel sorry for those who do when clearly education is not a priority for the budget makers.
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#2 May 11, 2010
Chesterfield county is ruined by a bunch of teabaggers who refuse to raise taxes to balance the budget, its against their principles ya know.
That neo-conservative bunch will never relent, they much rather see the system crash and burn.
Had enough TEABAGGERS; its your move.
Crenshaw Parent

Richmond, VA

#3 May 11, 2010
Changing to a 4 day week would not be a good idea. Parents base thier work schedules and child care needs on thier kids being in school 5 days week. What will parents do on that 5th day when the kids are not in school but they have to be at work??? Not to mention the effect it will have on getting homework done and afterschool activities.
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#4 May 11, 2010
Maybe the parents can work a 4 day a week job, problem solved.
joe dog

Chester, VA

#5 May 11, 2010
Crenshaw Parent wrote:
Changing to a 4 day week would not be a good idea. Parents base thier work schedules and child care needs on thier kids being in school 5 days week. What will parents do on that 5th day when the kids are not in school but they have to be at work??? Not to mention the effect it will have on getting homework done and afterschool activities.
It is a great idea!! I am going to get a job there!!

You can bring your kids to work with you on the fifth day!!
Skippy

Richmond, VA

#6 May 11, 2010
sounds sweeeeeeeeet,I say go for it!
taxi man

Chester, VA

#7 May 11, 2010
I hate kids. I wish they had school seven days a week so I can make even more money driving important people around.
Concerned parent

Chester, VA

#8 May 11, 2010
How on Earth can you realistically cut school transportation?! That is absolutely ridiculous. Working parents are having a hard enough time now. And if the only answer was for parents to work 4 days - ask YOUR employer if that's possible!!!!

As for cutting after school programs - you think we have a lot of kids in juvie as it is now? Just wait til they REALLY don't have anything better to do with no sports, arts, clubs, etc. I am really re-thinking the whole idea of living in this county. I think it's time to move.
not a demorat

Waynesboro, VA

#9 May 11, 2010
not a teahead wrote:
Chesterfield county is ruined by a bunch of teabaggers who refuse to raise taxes to balance the budget, its against their principles ya know.
That neo-conservative bunch will never relent, they much rather see the system crash and burn.
Had enough TEABAGGERS; its your move.
You never finished school hoodrat, so excuse yourself from the important topic
not a demorat

Waynesboro, VA

#10 May 11, 2010
not a teahead wrote:
Maybe the parents can work a 4 day a week job, problem solved.
You dont work hoodrat, so excuse yourself from the topic .....again
come to think of it you dont do anything but leach off the working man and spew lies on here all day.......what a waste of oxygen
jean

Chester, VA

#11 May 11, 2010
Skippy wrote:
sounds sweeeeeeeeet,I say go for it!
I wouldn't give you the satisfaction. Hey what school do your children attend Little Skippy!!
jean

Chester, VA

#12 May 11, 2010
Skippy wrote:
sounds sweeeeeeeeet,I say go for it!
How old are you Little Skippy because my teenagers use the term sweeeet!!! all the time????

Maybe I work with your children????? Do your kids bring golf balls to school????
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#13 May 11, 2010
not a demorat wrote:
<quoted text>You never finished school hoodrat, so excuse yourself from the important topic
Unlike you nad, i did finish and i graduated near the top of my class. You on the other hand finished dead last in a class of one.
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#14 May 11, 2010
not a demorat wrote:
<quoted text>You dont work hoodrat, so excuse yourself from the topic .....again
come to think of it you dont do anything but leach off the working man and spew lies on here all day.......what a waste of oxygen
The cry is still the same, PAY UP AND SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!
not a demorat

Waynesboro, VA

#15 May 11, 2010
not a teahead wrote:
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The cry is still the same, PAY UP AND SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!
and the trash still smells the same
not a demorat

Waynesboro, VA

#16 May 11, 2010
not a teahead wrote:
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Unlike you nad, i did finish and i graduated near the top of my class. You on the other hand finished dead last in a class of one.
the top of peabody high doesnt say much
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#17 May 11, 2010
not a demorat wrote:
<quoted text>and the trash still smells the same
Then go take a bubble bath in a can of DRANO!!!!!!!!!!
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#18 May 11, 2010
not a demorat wrote:
<quoted text>the top of peabody high doesnt say much
It says much, when you are standing on top of the roof, thats why you are several Nuts Short of a Full Pouch.
not a demorat

Waynesboro, VA

#19 May 11, 2010
so much as you standing on top of your cardboard box in the projects........biscuit lips
maq

Richmond, VA

#20 May 11, 2010
Concerned parent wrote:
How on Earth can you realistically cut school transportation?! That is absolutely ridiculous. Working parents are having a hard enough time now. And if the only answer was for parents to work 4 days - ask YOUR employer if that's possible!!!!
As for cutting after school programs - you think we have a lot of kids in juvie as it is now? Just wait til they REALLY don't have anything better to do with no sports, arts, clubs, etc. I am really re-thinking the whole idea of living in this county. I think it's time to move.
Students aren't doing much "homework" at home anyhow, nor studying. The only thing that a 4-day week would affect is after school activities (sports, clubs, etc.). As a teacher, I see very little student accountability for their own learning. How about holding parents accountable for their kids' actions instead of the schools? Schools aren't a babysitting service. If a parent has childcare problems, they'll have to get creative & barter for services, work out something with a neighbor, friend, whatever can be worked out. Everyone has to think differently now. For too long schools have been dumping grounds for all kinds of social & discipline problems. Kids have all the tools necessary in school to succeed; they make a choice to underperform. Until parents hold their own kids accountable, our educational endeavors will fail. Don't be surprised when next year any type of extra help will cease to exist. You can only stretch so far. When teachers have a class load of 150+ kids, there's not much time for extra help. The bright kids will do fine, regardless of how many are in the class. The bottom-feeder kids who don't care now won't care next year. The middle-of-the-road kids (who are 90% of our student population) will be the ones hurt. It's time for RADICAL education reform in CCPS. Cut the nonsense specialty programs, which by nature are discriminatory. Performing arts center? Engineering center? Leadership center? Humanities, Spanish immersion, Mass Comm center? Not necessary for a solid, well-rounded education. I'd like to see every kid be able to speak well, write well and figure out what percent a 35/50 grade would be. Reallocate the specialty center funds & distribute them throughout the schools so ALL kids can be fairly educated. It's time to get our heads out of the clouds and come back down to earth. Stop the bleeding out of money into programs that cost money. Otherwise, pretty soon we'll end up like Greece....not a pretty picture.

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