Fontana schools brace for massive bud...

Fontana schools brace for massive budget cuts

There are 51 comments on the San Bernardino County Sun story from Mar 2, 2010, titled Fontana schools brace for massive budget cuts. In it, San Bernardino County Sun reports that:

A school district beset with a record $30 million deficit is on the verge of sweeping layoffs and program cuts as school officials prepare to vote Wednesday night on a massive budget overhaul.

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Jim Williams

Fontana, CA

#1 Mar 2, 2010
What a black day for Fontana Unified. On top of all the horrendous cuts to long-time employees, the District has chosen to attempt to break the Steelworker Union that represents the Classified staff. They want to prevent us from ever taking a grievance to the Board of Eduation, and they want to stop allowing the USW President full release time to serve the members. What purpose can this serve? A serious re-think is necessary about what direction we want to go in this District for 2011. Log on to www.usw8599.com for more information....
Educator

Boron, CA

#2 Mar 2, 2010
You are cutting music? What about PE?

When I was in school, every single student enrolled in music education went on to college. Those who took PE? They still work fast food jobs, asking me if Id like to "supersize my order".
E Pluribus Unum

Waipahu, HI

#3 Mar 3, 2010
I hope the local union will negotiate
concessions to save jobs. It is terrible
news for educators and more economic
hardship for local small businesses
who benefit from the circulation of
the dollars spent by the emoloyees of
the district. I know the private sector
has been devastated by layoffs,but I don't
see how anyone can take pleasure in the
news of more layoffs and the negative
impact that it will have on the private
and public sector.
California Sun

Diamond Bar, CA

#4 Mar 3, 2010
Educator,
I agree. Most PE teachers have a student take roll, throw a basketball out to the kids, and go read the newspaper. Music instruction, on the other hand, has been proven to improve Math scores.
dupontchevy

Palmdale, CA

#6 Mar 3, 2010
California Sun wrote:
Educator,
I agree. Most PE teachers have a student take roll, throw a basketball out to the kids, and go read the newspaper. Music instruction, on the other hand, has been proven to improve Math scores.
I totally agree music is of more educational value than PE, but the state ed code requires all elementary students receive a minimum of 200 minutes of pe instruction every ten school days.
VIP

Santa Ana, CA

#7 Mar 3, 2010
California Sun wrote:
Educator,
I agree. Most PE teachers have a student take roll, throw a basketball out to the kids, and go read the newspaper. Music instruction, on the other hand, has been proven to improve Math scores.
What about Rotc,such a waste of money
hunkie boy

Fontana, CA

#8 Mar 3, 2010
ON line home education is the answer. k-12. save billions, no overpaid administrators.np pedophile teachers, no drunken bus drivers. no unqualified housewives elected to school boards.. it is the fiture, current education is outdtred, implement it now!
fed up

Fontana, CA

#9 Mar 3, 2010
Educator wrote:
You are cutting music? What about PE?
When I was in school, every single student enrolled in music education went on to college. Those who took PE? They still work fast food jobs, asking me if Id like to "supersize my order".
yes you are right .But football brings in revenue to the school and that is why school do it. teaching is secondary to school budget when revenue are in play
Neighbor

Redlands, CA

#10 Mar 3, 2010
One of my kids came home from their Redlands school with some union bullshit propaganda in their backpack. It said it was paid for by the California Teachers Association. I went to the website it listed, and Fontana Teachers Association was one of the big proponents. How dare they use my kindergartener to spread any political message? I'm going to start making political statements by printing them on my kids' shirts so all the other kids can be brainwashed by me.
Dave in Crafton Hills

Chino Hills, CA

#11 Mar 3, 2010
The people in charge of educating our children have - once again - proven themselves totally incapable of the most basic math; Balancing the checkbook.

No wonder test scores are in the toilet, especially math.

"Those who can't...." well, you know!
hunkie boy

Fontana, CA

#12 Mar 3, 2010
School olice is composed of retired cops working as security, double dipping, totally unnecessary. solution :teachers and administrators can secure a gun permit and a powers to arrest card and do the same thing a lot cheaper, school police are never on campus long, they drive a lot from one school to another.
what about

Sherman Oaks, CA

#13 Mar 3, 2010
Why is there no mention of cuts to the Administration Staffing?? Cutting one Superintendent position (and the support staff they "require") would probably save several teachers jobs. Start at the top, too many school districts are way too top heavy !!!!!!!
Neighbor

Redlands, CA

#14 Mar 3, 2010
On second thought, I am going to start putting Hunkie Boy's posts on T-shirts, and send my kids to school in them. School police are a joke!!!
FUSD Mom

Fontana, CA

#15 Mar 3, 2010
This is a shame! Our children need their teachers, larger classrooms is not the answer. We all pulled together to help Haiti's, why can't we do the same to help the schools our children attend. Why don't the schools have fundraisers or ask for donations to help pay the teachers? I hope the teachers keep hope and put the children first even after they receive their notices. Last year some of the teachers seemed to stop caring or teaching seriously after their notices. I can't blame them for feeling unappreciated and betrayed but I hope they remember that our kids still need them while their there.
Fontana Mom

Santa Ana, CA

#16 Mar 3, 2010
I recentlyl moved out of Fontana,but i had two girls graduate from Fontana HS.One of my girls was in Rotc,I went with her to drill meets. At one of these Drill meet I overheard one the Rotc Teacher telling another Rotc Teacher from another school how much money he made.He told this teacher that he got 10,000 stipen a year. This loudmouth also said that he had insulted the School Board Pres. because she did not address him by his rank. He said that Fusd had no clue why they made so much money.here is one reason why
Crazy Mex

Los Angeles, CA

#18 Mar 3, 2010
You all cry to much, if parants really love their kids and care about their education they would send them to a great private school.

Public schools are a joke anyway, the majority of teachers are simple minded B.A graduates who could not survive in the private sector and graduated with a "C" average then maybe moved on to get a M.A. via online. It's funny but true you guys know what I am talking about.

I am really glad to see teachers get pink slips, they need a wake up call. Music and Physical Ed classess should all be dropped. The entire educational system needs to be redone. Stick to the basics increase class size and make the educational standards tougher. If kids fail, SORRY but thats life some kids are born losers.

The truth is not everbody is going to be a doctor or successful in business. We need to identify kids strenghts at an early age fortify those strenghts and stop wasting money and time on losers. Look around at all the losers in life and calculate how much money and effort was wasted so school districts could claim that they had lower drop out rates. At the end of the day, what was accomplished other than placing normal and above normal kids at risk of being able of obtaining a great education.
Crazy Mex

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Mar 3, 2010
FUSD Mom wrote:
This is a shame! Our children need their teachers, larger classrooms is not the answer. We all pulled together to help Haiti's, why can't we do the same to help the schools our children attend. Why don't the schools have fundraisers or ask for donations to help pay the teachers? I hope the teachers keep hope and put the children first even after they receive their notices. Last year some of the teachers seemed to stop caring or teaching seriously after their notices. I can't blame them for feeling unappreciated and betrayed but I hope they remember that our kids still need them while their there.
I think you should dig deeper in your pocket mom and pay more for your kids education. If you don't have the financial means or don't want to then stop telling us what you want. That's whats wrong with our society "give me more" "give me more".

I did not give nor would I give Haiti a dime, the money is lining the wrong pockets. Our educational system needs to be re-done and priorites put in place. I have a very beutiful home that I paid with hard earned money, but when I drive buy some schools and city or county offices I am amazed that so much money went into building such a structure instead of good educational tools.

FUSD Mom I don't mean to come off on you and I apologize for that but enough is enough. The money is gone time to tighten the belt buy your kids a special tutor if you want them to excell.
FUSD Mom

Fontana, CA

#20 Mar 3, 2010
Crazy Mex wrote:
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I think you should dig deeper in your pocket mom and pay more for your kids education. If you don't have the financial means or don't want to then stop telling us what you want. That's whats wrong with our society "give me more" "give me more".
I did not give nor would I give Haiti a dime, the money is lining the wrong pockets. Our educational system needs to be re-done and priorites put in place. I have a very beutiful home that I paid with hard earned money, but when I drive buy some schools and city or county offices I am amazed that so much money went into building such a structure instead of good educational tools.
FUSD Mom I don't mean to come off on you and I apologize for that but enough is enough. The money is gone time to tighten the belt buy your kids a special tutor if you want them to excell.
CM, We shouldn't have to get our kids special tutors. Public school have always been paid for by tax dollars. You are right that the money goes to all the wrong places. But with all the money that we do pay, we should be able to expect a good education for our children. We also own our own home that we pay for with hard earned money, along with that home we pay taxes every year to pay for public schools. The money is gone and we are in a hole. I as a mother of a student don't mind giving more to help dig us out and give my child a better education, if you don't want too that is your choice. If I didn't have a child attending at the moment I probably wouldn't want to either.
Ordinary guy

Redlands, CA

#21 Mar 3, 2010
They are cutting all these programs and hundreds of teachers, but hardly any administrators. When was the last time your kids counselor did something that could not be done by a $10 an hour employee. Why does an elementary school need a principal and assistant principal? Lots of waste and lazy 6 fiured administrators out there.
Ordinary guy

Redlands, CA

#22 Mar 3, 2010
Neighbor wrote:
One of my kids came home from their Redlands school with some union **** propaganda in their backpack. It said it was paid for by the California Teachers Association. I went to the website it listed, and Fontana Teachers Association was one of the big proponents. How dare they use my kindergartener to spread any political message? I'm going to start making political statements by printing them on my kids' shirts so all the other kids can be brainwashed by me.
Get over yourself.

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