Sequester Threatens Albemarle School Programs

If lawmakers are going to strike a "grand bargain" to avoid $85 billion in dramatic federal spending cuts, this is the last chance. Full Story
Go UVA

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Mar 1, 2013
Okay do like the kids of us working stiffs do and pack a lunch from home and bring it to school with you. Problem solved. Parents help educate your special needs child and not soley rely on the government to educate him or her for you. Problem solved. Anything else?
JCS

Alexandria, VA

#2 Mar 1, 2013
We should stop being dependent on the federal government to subsidize our public schools!
special needs parent

Orange, VA

#3 Mar 1, 2013
Go UVA wrote:
Okay do like the kids of us working stiffs do and pack a lunch from home and bring it to school with you. Problem solved. Parents help educate your special needs child and not soley rely on the government to educate him or her for you. Problem solved. Anything else?
I appreciate your ability to say whatever you want, one of the things that makes this country great. I wish you would educate yourself however, before making such ignorant, mean hearted and simply not true statements. You stated "Parents help educate your special needs child and not solely rely on the government to educate him or her for you." I am a parent of a special needs child, and I do not know of any special needs children whose parents are not involved in their childs education. Educating a special needs child is an activity that takes place every hour the child is awake. With that said I find your comments hurtful, hateful and ignorant. I only wish that you have not procreated to perpetuate your hate speech.
Sarg

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Mar 1, 2013
Get rid of some superfluous and redundant administrators; problem solved.
Dude

Warrenton, VA

#5 Mar 1, 2013
Sarg wrote:
Get rid of some superfluous and redundant administrators; problem solved.
agree, brilliant, helpful
twinmom

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Mar 1, 2013
I am a parent of a special needs child who has a congenital neurologic condition. I see first hand where education dollars are wasted. First, the federal and state governments have instituted an over-reaching bureaucracy in order to administer special education services. The documentation requirements alone are enough to scare qualified teachers and therapists away from a job in the schools. Parents often have to fight to get needed services or simple accomodations, which pulls teachers away from teaching and wastes precious resources.
Second, there are a good number of children receiving special ed services who do not have disabilities or cognitive impairments. They come from dysfunctional families and are placed in spec ed programs to try to make up for the lack of parental involvement. I'm not saying that the schools shouldn't try to foster learning, provide access to books, extra tutoring, etc, but these children do not belong in special education programs.
The free and reduced lunch program (which now includes breakfast and meals on the weekend) needs better scrutiny. I am aware of several children who get free meals but always wear $200+ athletic shoes and designer jeans. I recall a first grader who received "scholarship" money from the school to pay for field trips, yet carried a personal cell phone and plenty of money to buy souvenirs.

All and all the schools do a marvelous job, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for increasing efficiency. This news story is just more sequester "ObamaDrama", trying to scare everyone that the sky is falling by highlighting those programs that are either vital or nearest and dearest to our hearts, such as support for our soldiers, education, air traffic control, illegal immigration, first responders, etc.
Amanda

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Mar 1, 2013
Go UVA wrote:
Okay do like the kids of us working stiffs do and pack a lunch from home and bring it to school with you. Problem solved. Parents help educate your special needs child and not soley rely on the government to educate him or her for you. Problem solved. Anything else?
If the author of the ignorance and heartlessness expressed herein is a product of public schools, perhaps ALL children would be better off with a different type of education.

This post deserves no further time or energy.
Taxed Enough

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Mar 1, 2013
Any idiot knows you cannot reduce the deficit by raising taxes! The only way to reduce the deficit is by cutting spending on wasteful programs like education!

Morons that will never be able to work are a complete waste of money to teach!
Amanda

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Mar 1, 2013
Taxed Enough wrote:
Any idiot knows you cannot reduce the deficit by raising taxes! The only way to reduce the deficit is by cutting spending on wasteful programs like education!
Morons that will never be able to work are a complete waste of money to teach!
That last sentence was needlessly cruel and says much more about you than any special needs student.

BTW - Many, many SPN people work jobs and earn money toward their upkeep...which is better than many groups of "normal" people in society who are either lazy or feel entitled.

As a God-loving, compassionate, humane society, we have more than enough resources to care fully for the relatively small number of those who TRULY need help and could not survive without it. Cut out the fraud and abuse, and we could get it done.
Amanda

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Mar 1, 2013
Taxed Enough wrote:
Morons that will never be able to work are a complete waste of money to teach!
You mean Democrats? ;)
Frank

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Mar 1, 2013
Taxed Enough wrote:
Any idiot knows you cannot reduce the deficit by raising taxes! The only way to reduce the deficit is by cutting spending on wasteful programs like education!
Morons that will never be able to work are a complete waste of money to teach!
Special needs kids are not morons, they are a lot braver and courageous than you. You cannot even sign your name to your comments.
Patriot

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Mar 1, 2013
Sarg wrote:
Get rid of some superfluous and redundant administrators; problem solved.
Or at least hire effective professional administrators unlike the "principals" at Albemarle HS. Great teachers - ineffective, clueless Administrators.
Cvillin

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Mar 1, 2013
Amanda wrote:
<quoted text>
You mean Democrats? ;)
Amanda...
Republicanoffenders.com
is who you really mean.
UIDIOTRACEMAKEWO RLDPEACE

United States

#15 Mar 1, 2013
Both parties realy stink to high hell, corrupted beyond repair, both kowtows to Power and Greed; Fail!

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