FSUSD making big cuts

FSUSD making big cuts

There are 100 comments on the The Reporter story from Feb 26, 2010, titled FSUSD making big cuts. In it, The Reporter reports that:

Faced with a crater-sized budget gap, trustees in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District voted Thursday night to make sweeping cuts to programs including athletics, physical education, music and art.

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Say it Straight

San Ramon, CA

#1 Feb 26, 2010
Cutting art is like cutting out half your brain. That is a terrible disservice to our youth. Athletics and phys ed are ultimately uneccessary, as they don't increase intelligence, but rather stunt it, and promote aggressive behaviors. I have been many places in this nation, and I wonder why California takes its students for granted, and views them as budget cutting material. Let me get my clicker out, because I'm curious to see how many are about to take the easy shot and blame illegals, or liberals...instead of (p)iss poor leadership from both sides of the aisle.
ARMED

San Jose, CA

#2 Feb 26, 2010
Typical. During windfall years they spend like there is no end and today they're broke. Did anyone happen to see the shiny new office building school district " leadership" had built for themselves way atop the hill in Fairfield ? Ive heard it called Tajmahal. A logical approach would be to curtail spending when coffers are full and distribute wisely when times arent as good, but then we dont teach that in school these days , Do we ?
Ya Gotta Be Kidding

Campbell, CA

#3 Feb 26, 2010
Concessions? Surely district employees should not be expected to pay for its programs! People work FOR pay--not TO pay!

"The district is still working with its employee groups on concessions. Some board members held out hope that through bargaining, further savings will be found and some of the programs cut Thursday night could be brought back."
Kirty

Fairfield, CA

#4 Feb 26, 2010
Actually, Say It Straight, physical education has been linked to better academic success. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35587059/ns/healt...

Since: Jul 09

Denver, CO

#5 Feb 26, 2010
"Sports are what a lot of these kids go to school for," said Greg Davis...

I thought an education is what kids go to school for...silly me.

Just another reason (like we needed one) that Fairfield is such a mess; if the adults have that kind of attitude, there's no hope for those kids.
Mike

Moraga, CA

#6 Feb 26, 2010
Cutting out physical ed will only increase the obesity epidemic in this nation thus eventually eliminating thousands of young persons from eligibility for the armed forces when Uncle Sam needs them.
Candy in Fairfield

Fairfield, CA

#7 Feb 26, 2010
Let all take a deep Breath, Relax, Now let talk straight talk, WE THE PEOPLE has taken the lazy way out, now we expect the State and Goverment to help. The Goverment is for Goverment not the people. It takes sacrifice on our part to take a stand, People take back our Government, Give up the fancy car and huge house, home school your kids if possible, bring in athletic clubs, music hall for our children, Dont ask but insist our Education system to Educate our children.
Bill- Loomis

United States

#8 Feb 26, 2010
Everyone agree the "frills" have to go. The problem is one man's "frill" is another's necessity. What knowledge is of most worth? It all depends on the person with whom you are discussing the matter.
Adults are narrow minded

Fairfield, CA

#9 Feb 26, 2010
Say it Straight wrote:
Cutting art is like cutting out half your brain. That is a terrible disservice to our youth. Athletics and phys ed are ultimately uneccessary, as they don't increase intelligence, but rather stunt it, and promote aggressive behaviors. I have been many places in this nation, and I wonder why California takes its students for granted, and views them as budget cutting material. Let me get my clicker out, because I'm curious to see how many are about to take the easy shot and blame illegals, or liberals...instead of (p)iss poor leadership from both sides of the aisle.
Athletics are unneccessary...you are trippin.....Sports at least bring in money...Art!!! are you serious!!!Kids today dont care about Art...Do a poll and i bet your art students would rather go to a highschool game than art class.
What the armijo coach was saying is this...When you are motivated by sports to get better grades you work harder...You take sports away every friday night students will be hanging out at drivethrus and not at the games.
You prolly never played anything and have no idea what its like to love a game so much.
InspectorB

United States

#10 Feb 26, 2010
America,s future IS our children, so we are cutting out our future? We are already pretty low on the academic list, where will this leave us? All I can say is if this pisses you off as much as it does myself, then write the city, your congressmen/women and speak out, lets make some cuts up high for a change, not where the future of this country is, in our children. I write congressmen, the governer and representatives often, usually more than once a week, because I am on lists that tell me what they are doing, tell them how you feel, and tell them how you WONT vote for them come next session unless they help, thats my two cents, p.s. I have a disabled kid so this stuff goes double for her, she needs all the help she can get, as do all of California,s children!
Get a clue

Fairfield, CA

#11 Feb 26, 2010
Reading, writing and math. That is what school is all about! Period! Everything else is fluff! Maybe this is a blessing is disguise. Since we could not get back to basics on our own it seems ironic that the budget mess may have taken care of the problem for us. Maybe we will be better able to compete on the world stage once we actually teach our children something valuable and get rid of all of the ping pong and basket weaving classes!
Christine in FF

San Francisco, CA

#12 Feb 26, 2010
Say it Straight wrote:
Cutting art is like cutting out half your brain. That is a terrible disservice to our youth. Athletics and phys ed are ultimately uneccessary, as they don't increase intelligence, but rather stunt it, and promote aggressive behaviors. I have been many places in this nation, and I wonder why California takes its students for granted, and views them as budget cutting material. Let me get my clicker out, because I'm curious to see how many are about to take the easy shot and blame illegals, or liberals...instead of (p)iss poor leadership from both sides of the aisle.
LOL. Art??? Are you serious? Get real. You must have daughters(I would hope anyway). Well I have 2 teenage boys that love sports. One plays a highschool sport, so I guess it's just a matter of opinion and what your pleasure is.
Adults are narrow minded

Fairfield, CA

#13 Feb 26, 2010
Get a clue wrote:
Reading, writing and math. That is what school is all about! Period! Everything else is fluff! Maybe this is a blessing is disguise. Since we could not get back to basics on our own it seems ironic that the budget mess may have taken care of the problem for us. Maybe we will be better able to compete on the world stage once we actually teach our children something valuable and get rid of all of the ping pong and basket weaving classes!
Yes i agree with getting rid of basket weaving and square dance but reading,writing and math should be what it is all about. tell that to the kid from a bad neiborhood that is trying harder in those subjects,has no home support but is motivated by sports to further his education using his athletic abilities. Bottom line...if anything is cut from the student life and cuts arnt coming from the top of the spear then we all lose.
Kathy

United States

#14 Feb 26, 2010
I didn't realize that the educational system had so many 'spares' to sacrifice! 51%+ of this once fine State's budget?

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ket reel

Fairfield, CA

#15 Feb 26, 2010
Put your kids in private school and stop complaining.
A troubled student

Suisun City, CA

#16 Feb 26, 2010
As a student that will be affected by this, I am deeply troubled. Going into my last year without any sports games and without any art, school will be bleak and uninteresting. Those of you who don’t think these sports or art programs are a waste of funding, obviously don’t have children.
Adults are narrow minded

Fairfield, CA

#17 Feb 26, 2010
ket reel wrote:
Put your kids in private school and stop complaining.
Thats pretty funny considering most people cant afford private school. Most of the private school kids I know have serious problems.
This is one place to complain.
WTT

Sacramento, CA

#18 Feb 26, 2010
NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! We are living in a time of stupid. Keep cutting education, in 20-40 years the country will be run down, with no one smart enough to do anything. It'll be like living in the stone age, but with tons of super fatties, since they will also have no knowledge of sport activities.
fairfield parent

United States

#19 Feb 26, 2010
Guess what unfortunately not all kids are academeically motivated and the only way you can get them excited about their school is through athletics. I'm a college educated parent and I fully value academics and I'm disgusted that my daughters swim program is going to be elminated. She is a decent student who didn't get excited about school until she started swimming. She has made friends, and finally found her place in a school of 2600 students. My 3rd grader was crying when she found out that the band that she was so looking forward to participating in at her school is going to be elminated. Academics are the foremost reason for our kids to be at school but programs like art, music and athletics are what make school interesting and build unity and help kids find their idenity. Many kids use those music, art and atheletic talents to become productive members of society.

for those who say private school...I pay high taxes and Mello roos and bought a home in what was a quality school district. We can not afford private school for 4 children. Just 20 years ago I was in high school and my parents paid less in taxes but my high school could still provide everything that this district is taking away.
Steve

Fairfield, CA

#20 Feb 26, 2010
Jennifer in Vacaville wrote:
"Sports are what a lot of these kids go to school for," said Greg Davis...
I thought an education is what kids go to school for...silly me.
Just another reason (like we needed one) that Fairfield is such a mess; if the adults have that kind of attitude, there's no hope for those kids.
Don't worry, these same cuts are coming to Vacaville sooner than you think. And you will hear the same comments at that time.

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