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Public forum on four day school week proposal - Lamar Ledger

There are 38 comments on the Lamar Ledger story from May 5, 2011, titled Public forum on four day school week proposal - Lamar Ledger. In it, Lamar Ledger reports that:

About 100 members of the public including parents, teachers and students, gathered in the Lamar High School auditorium to share their views before the Lamar Public School Board members Tuesday May 3. After a work session Thursday at 7:30 p.m., the Board will vote on mov ing to a four day school week, Monday, May 9. Board members took notes from the ...

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home school mom

Aurora, CO

#21 May 7, 2011
I don't see much difference between a four day and a five day school week. Parents who know what their kids are doing won't have a problem with them. Those who never know what their kids are doing aren't going to be any different.

This isn't the teacher's fault. Nor is CSAP or teaching for the test the teacher's fault. We need to get government out of our schools and parents and local school board back in to the planning of curriculum and education.
cantbelieve this

Saguache, CO

#22 May 7, 2011
amen home school mom...
Dthizzle

Grand Junction, CO

#23 May 7, 2011
home school mom wrote:
I don't see much difference between a four day and a five day school week. Parents who know what their kids are doing won't have a problem with them. Those who never know what their kids are doing aren't going to be any different.
This isn't the teacher's fault. Nor is CSAP or teaching for the test the teacher's fault. We need to get government out of our schools and parents and local school board back in to the planning of curriculum and education.
Statistics show schools with a 4 day week have a higher drop out rate. And the fact of the matter is unfortunatly we live in a money driven society where people have to work 5 days a week in order to keep their family running. I applaude you for homeschooling your kids. You get to make all the decisions that way.
Dthizzle

Grand Junction, CO

#24 May 7, 2011
cantbelieve this wrote:
I can see dthizzle that u are not a sports fan...give me a break...I suggest you volunteer your services at your local school to help out with the musical department so there will now be two teachers...and there are sports programs that are not related to the school...it is thru our local rec. dept and I volunteer my time to help out when needed...step up and be a team player...
Sports are great exercise. If your kids enjoy them than get them enrolled in after school programs. Academics come first. Pay those teachers, than music and art if its affordable, than if your budget allows add some sports. But as it is right now with sports programs at the school draining a nice portion of funds they can afford some cut backs.
cantbelieve this

Saguache, CO

#25 May 8, 2011
dthizzle...wrong wrong wrong...if you wqnt sports cut then also cut music and art...yes academics comes first...music, art, and sports are the icing on the cake...they are equal...they all have something in common....now lets move on...
menny banks

Grand Junction, CO

#26 May 8, 2011
I wonder what happened to the votech educational track that use to be around back when I was in school? Maybe if we had some educational environment that would help our students obtain something that is marketable maybe we would be doing something great for the kiddos.
We don't have enough fast food places to employ our general studies students. Maybe we should try to get Starbucks to come in to employ all the teachers that will be unemployed.
happy

Lamar, CO

#27 May 9, 2011
Really wrote:
Sorry I couldn't respond to the posts, I was working 8-5 on a Friday OMG!!! Some of us still have to do that, WOW what an amazing concept! I want to respond to the "happy" comment, I do have my facts straight because even a teacher from Parkview said that 73% of teachers are all for a four day school week, that is just one school alone. If you are one of the teachers that are against a four day school week, good for you but if you are one of the 73% of teachers that are against this shame on you. Seems to me that if we added all of the schools together and figured all the teachers that are for the four day, it would be greater than 73%. So in my opinion the majority of teachers want a four day, so get your FACTS STRAIGHT!
I can guarantee you that the 100% of the teachers that are FOR THE 4 DAY WEEK IS BECAUSE IT WILL SAVE JOBS! THE JOBS I AM TALKING ABOUT ARE THE TEACHER'S AIDES IN THE KDG! THE STAFF AND TEACHERS DID NOT, I REPEAT, DID NOT ASK FOR THIS TO HAPPEN! I AM SICK AND TIRED OF TEACHERS BEING LABELED AS LAZY AND "JUST WANTING ANOTHER DAY OFF". If the 4 day week helps says some jobs then hooray!!!! This is not about the teachers, staff, sports programs, music programs etc. It's about a very difficult decision that already closed a school and many, many teachers and staff have lost their jobs. We have had our families lose their jobs and all you people do is whine about what to do with your children on Friday. What do you do with your children during the summer, Christmas vacation etc. Good Grief!
Get it right

Lamar, CO

#28 May 9, 2011
Really wrote:
Sorry I couldn't respond to the posts, I was working 8-5 on a Friday OMG!!! Some of us still have to do that, WOW what an amazing concept! I want to respond to the "happy" comment, I do have my facts straight because even a teacher from Parkview said that 73% of teachers are all for a four day school week, that is just one school alone. If you are one of the teachers that are against a four day school week, good for you but if you are one of the 73% of teachers that are against this shame on you. Seems to me that if we added all of the schools together and figured all the teachers that are for the four day, it would be greater than 73%. So in my opinion the majority of teachers want a four day, so get your FACTS STRAIGHT!
For or against. I can't make heads or tails of what you are saying here. Except I clearly see that I better agree with you or shame on me. That's what open discussion and dialogue is all about, right?
Get it right

Lamar, CO

#29 May 9, 2011
Don't be mad Happy,and FYI, we parents could really give a flying donut hole about your job. We parents care about our kids educations.<period>
happy

Lamar, CO

#30 May 9, 2011
Dthizzle wrote:
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Statistics show schools with a 4 day week have a higher drop out rate. And the fact of the matter is unfortunatly we live in a money driven society where people have to work 5 days a week in order to keep their family running. I applaude you for homeschooling your kids. You get to make all the decisions that way.
I would like to know where you got your statistics of higher drop out rate. Please share
happy

Lamar, CO

#31 May 9, 2011
Get it right wrote:
Don't be mad Happy,and FYI, we parents could really give a flying donut hole about your job. We parents care about our kids educations.<period>
WOW, how sad but Thank you for being honest. If you don't care about the teachers' jobs then you DO NOT care about the quality of education your child receives. PERIOD! Then you must not care that your child will be placed in classes with larger numbers, no aids to help your child, less help with crossing guards, less help with your child period!! Teachers will have less time planning good quality lessons for YOUR child because of extra duty that was once done by GOOD quality aides. So, thank you for not caring a donut hole about teachers' jobs! I challenge you, "Get it right" to walk up to your child's teacher and say that to him/her. Bet you won't.
DoesntMatter

Lamar, CO

#32 May 9, 2011
Get it right wrote:
Don't be mad Happy,and FYI, we parents could really give a flying donut hole about your job. We parents care about our kids educations.<period>
Are you kidding? You think with fewer teachers/aids your child's education is going to be better?
I care

Lamar, CO

#33 May 9, 2011
TO GET IT RIGHT. I along with thousands of Americans CARE about our teachers and their jobs. You are a minority. Your children probably don't care about their teachers either. I agree with Happy. Go up to your child's teacher and tell them face to face you could care less whether they have a job next year. Nice attitude, Get it right.
Get it right

Grand Junction, CO

#34 May 9, 2011
Read read read, They teach that in schools still don't they?
I stated I don't care about a single person/teacher's job who would like to save their own job at the cost of a child's exuctaion.
And I bet I would. You've made this dicussion about your job and not what's best for the kids. GET IT RIGHT
Get it right

Grand Junction, CO

#35 May 9, 2011
education. before someone tears me a new one for spelling.
happy

Grand Junction, CO

#36 May 9, 2011
Get it right wrote:
education. before someone tears me a new one for spelling.
This is about jobs. If you would have been at the meeting you would have realized that the lack of responsible spending has cost teacher/staff their jobs all across the nation. It is about jobs and the quality of education your child will receive. 4 day week or 5 day week does NOT matter. That is the forum. You brought it up about teachers that were for it and why. No matter.. it did not pass tonight at board meeting. So good luck with larger class sizes, no aides to help your child and added responsiblity on teachers who should be planning your child's education instead of crossing guard, before and after school duty and lunch duty too.
Reality Check

La Junta, CO

#37 May 10, 2011
happy wrote:
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....No matter.. it did not pass tonight at board meeting. So good luck with larger class sizes, no aides to help your child and added responsiblity on teachers who should be planning your child's education instead of crossing guard, before and after school duty and lunch duty too.
?? Not exactly sure what the last part has to do with the first part... Whether or not they had gone to a 4-day week, there were still going to be larger class sizes and no Aides. None of that was effected by this decision.
If I were a teacher (especially a Kind. teacher with more kids and no aides), the last thing I would want is a longer day too!
peers

United States

#38 May 10, 2011
I'm just wondering: how can cutting one day off of the school week potentially cause more students to drop out? And another question: why would anyone suggest cutting sports programs? Yes, music should be taken more seriously because it is good for the mind & soul. But to some ppl, sports is the same for them. Maybe instead of going that route and cutting programs and laying of teachers they can find cuts to do elsewhere. Example, the cop they have sitting there, is that really needed? It would take police 2-3 minutes to reach the school in case of an emergency. Lamar is not a big place. What about the front office? How many people are working up there at the high school and is it really nessacery to have that many people doing a one or two person job? And I don't know this people, I really am just asking questions here.... If you have the info to say why these things should not be done state them. People don't need to argue on here, it is called a forum. A public discussion.....

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