QUESTION OF THE WEEK:A shorter school...

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:A shorter school year?

There are 5 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Jan 15, 2009, titled QUESTION OF THE WEEK:A shorter school year?. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

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manhattan beach dude

Camarillo, CA

#1 Jan 16, 2009
how bout cutting the 5 days, and adding 1 hr each day to the class schedule, usually there are what 6 classes add 10 min to each. That way you save the 5 days of pay but add almost 1 hr per week for lessons. What are there maybe 36 to 40 weeks of classes, it's a wash.

San Pedro, CA

#2 Jan 16, 2009
Mr. Gonzalez-

Which part of my "indoctrination" do you object with? The part where I am teaching them about the three branches of government? Or is it the part where we learn about supply and demand? Oh, I know. It must be part where I talk about the numerous contributions made to our society by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as I'm telling them to take a moment to think about why they have day off on Monday. I love people who talk about education as if they are experts when they really have no clue as to what is actually happening in good classrooms.

Mariposa, CA

#3 Jan 20, 2009
Of course you are for the State furloughs and school cuts. I'm sure you are hoping for anything that will keep you from paying a few more in tax dollars right? Take food money from State workers and their families, as long as your life and livllihood make it out of this unscathed. Bravo for you and your caring heart, BRAVO!

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#4 Jan 21, 2009
The devil is in the details. Since schools are paid by the number of days that students are in school, this would result in a 2.8% drop in funding/spending for schools. However, most of the costs of education result from paying the salaried staff, who are paid monthly without regard to the number of school days. Therefore, how will a 2.8% drop in spending be administered?

Would you take away all 2.8% from school staff from their June paychecks? For a teacher making $50,000 per year, that would be a $1,400 paycut in one month. You'd probably hear stories of poor teachers unable to pay their bills.

Or would you take away 2.8% from school staff salaries over the course of the next year? That would mean a reduction in monthly salary of a little over $200 per month for a teacher making $50,000. That is much more manageable, but it would be interesting to see how the teacher unions respond.

Since: Nov 08

Provo, UT

#5 Jan 21, 2009
Actually, it would be better to go to six days a week and increase the number of hours for each day. This way, there would be less trouble at Del Amo Mall.

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