4-day school weeks?

4-day school weeks?

There are 78 comments on the Alamogordo Daily News story from May 8, 2011, titled 4-day school weeks?. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

CLOUDCROFT As Cloudcroft's School Board considers multiple cost cutting ideas to make up for a $407,000 budget shortfall, one item that will be voted on at Monday night's School Board meeting is shifting to a four day school week.

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WARRIOR

Washington, DC

#1 May 8, 2011
How about a 4 day work week!
Joe Ziegenfuss

Cloudcroft, NM

#2 May 8, 2011
Bringing the bussing in house is one of the worst ideas I've heard.
Are you Kidding

Mayhill, NM

#3 May 8, 2011
Why has the school been paying a transportation director when the superintendent could have been doing it all along?
Idea

Albuquerque, NM

#4 May 8, 2011
Maybe the state should pay us homeschool our kids. There are tons of on-line schools. Then WE THE PARENTS would finally get a say so on what our kids are learning.
Elk

Cloudcroft, NM

#5 May 8, 2011
There are great resources online for homeschooling. It would be great if home schoolers got vouchers - each kid is worth $10,000 to $12000/yr to the school district. The only reason I send my kid to school is for the extracurricular activities - and they want to cut them even more.
Responsibility IS Yours

Tularosa, NM

#6 May 8, 2011
"Maybe the state should pay us homeschool our kids. There are tons of on-line schools. Then WE THE PARENTS would finally get a say so on what our kids are learning"

Let me get this right. You think that you should be paid for educating your own children? You want money to put your child on-line for an education? You are the parent! It IS your responsibility to raise and educate your child. You do not get paid for this job. If you do not agree with the system or education your child is getting- work to change it or handle it yourself, but do not ask for handouts to take care of your responsibility.
Rat Killa

Carrizozo, NM

#7 May 8, 2011
One concern I have is that Otero County gets screwed big time when it comes to financing education. The federal government pays a huge sum to us for PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) on Holloman, McGregor Range, and White Sands Missle Range just to name a few. Unfortunately, that money goes into the general fund and never makes its way back here where it belongs. Our state legislators need to get off their backsides and bring that money back here. No school in Otero county should be lacking for funds!
Jennifer

Alamogordo, NM

#8 May 8, 2011
Sounds like a true socialist. Why should you get a paycheck to homeschool your kid? Schools get it because each kid is wear-and-tear on a public building.
There is enough people on welfare sucking the taxpayer dry. I wasn't my decision for you to procreate.
Idea

Albuquerque, NM

#9 May 8, 2011
My IDEA, which is all it was you big jerks, was that if it costs so much to pay teachers salaries and other expenses, maybe it would be cheaper to just pay parents who are willing to home school.

As a parent, we then get more say so in our childrens education and aren't bound by bad decision making by state government.

Wow, you people are very mean by the way.
Jennifer

Alamogordo, NM

#10 May 8, 2011
Idea wrote:
My IDEA, which is all it was you big jerks, was that if it costs so much to pay teachers salaries and other expenses, maybe it would be cheaper to just pay parents who are willing to home school.
As a parent, we then get more say so in our childrens education and aren't bound by bad decision making by state government.
Wow, you people are very mean by the way.
Doesn't make you any less of a moron.
You have every right to homeschool your kid, just not on my buck.
House of Critters

Cloudcroft, NM

#11 May 9, 2011
Jennifer wrote:
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Doesn't make you any less of a moron.
You have every right to homeschool your kid, just not on my buck.
Home school parents pay taxes, too. If a certain amount of tax dollars are allocated for each student, shouldn't that money follow the student, wherever they are schooled?
Rat Killa

United States

#12 May 9, 2011
House of Critters wrote:
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Home school parents pay taxes, too. If a certain amount of tax dollars are allocated for each student, shouldn't that money follow the student, wherever they are schooled?
Your argument might have merit if only parents who have school aged children payed taxes toward their education. But everyone pays taxes for this regardless of whether they have children or not, so you can't say that. Which child does my education taxes follow since I have no children?
jen

Egg Harbor City, NJ

#13 May 9, 2011
The people who are in charge of the schools get paid way too much and the state needs to make sure money gets to where it should be, every state has this problem!! superintendents and school boards!!
HOC

Alamogordo, NM

#14 May 9, 2011
Rat Killa wrote:
<quoted text>Your argument might have merit if only parents who have school aged children payed taxes toward their education. But everyone pays taxes for this regardless of whether they have children or not, so you can't say that. Which child does my education taxes follow since I have no children?
I did not say the money a parent pays should follow their child, I said the amount of money the state allocates for each child should follow that child. If, for example, the state allocates a certain amount of money for the maintenance of national parks, then that money should go to places with national parks.
Jennifer

Alamogordo, NM

#15 May 9, 2011
HOC wrote:
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I did not say the money a parent pays should follow their child, I said the amount of money the state allocates for each child should follow that child. If, for example, the state allocates a certain amount of money for the maintenance of national parks, then that money should go to places with national parks.
Where do you think the state gets that money? From the taxpayers, many of which do not have children.
Wow

Alamogordo, NM

#16 May 9, 2011
Idea- you can homeschool your children at any time if you so chose. Please do not wait for the state to pay you for it. Go ahead and be in charge of your Childs education!!! You don't have to wait for $$$$$
HOC

Alamogordo, NM

#17 May 9, 2011
Jennifer wrote:
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Where do you think the state gets that money? From the taxpayers, many of which do not have children.
There are many things our taxes pay for that we do not all use. That is not the point. If the tax money is already being collected to educate children, then that money which has been collected should be used to educate the children, however or wherever that is done. Nobody I've seen on here is asking people to pay more taxes, just for the money to follow the kids.
Jennifer

Alamogordo, NM

#18 May 9, 2011
HOC wrote:
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There are many things our taxes pay for that we do not all use. That is not the point. If the tax money is already being collected to educate children, then that money which has been collected should be used to educate the children, however or wherever that is done. Nobody I've seen on here is asking people to pay more taxes, just for the money to follow the kids.
Those taxes are earmarked for educating children in public schools, not private or homeschooled.
Rat Killa

United States

#19 May 9, 2011
Jennifer wrote:
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Those taxes are earmarked for educating children in public schools, not private or homeschooled.
I can see it now, folks lining up to make money by educating kids at home. Just like those who give foster parents a bad name because all they want is the money associated with fostering a child.
las cruces

La Luz, NM

#20 May 9, 2011
I am all for 4 day school days.
I believe that if we have 4 day weeks then we would save money on teachers having to ask off to go to appts. etc, thus saving on subs.
Also, it would give teaches and extra day to grade and catch up on work, which I bet you alot of them would do.
Also, games can be set for Fridays so that would help on the absence issues.
The building will be closed so that will save on energy money.
There are many benefits to have 4 day weeks and I think that the schools need to be looking at that.

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