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Old 03-01-2010, 12:55 PM
Location: California
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Originally Posted by jaynetarzana View Post
I think that K-12 is being affected in a major way, at least in some districts. I've heard stories about class sizes up to 40 kids. There isn't money to have a school counselor, playground supervision, basic yard maintenance etc.... One elementary school I know of can't afford a janitor but once a week and they are talking about cutting that. Can you imagine what a school bathroom would look like after a week of no one cleaning it? The teachers aren't going to do it, nor should they have to. Parents are having to mow the lawn, supervise on the playground and basically pick up the slack. I've heard of elementary schools combining kindergarten and 1st grade classes. One person told me that they went to tour an elementary school because they wanted something better for their child and what they found was a kindergarten class with half of the kids in the corner watching cartoons while the teacher did a lesson for the other half. She explained that there was no way to get through a lesson with a class that large.

I was hoping to hear specifically from parents who have children in grades K-12. If they wouldn't mind sharing about the district, town or county they are referring to, that would be helpful too. I'm just trying to get a clear picture of the situation in California with regards to education.
I've not heard of anything quite like what you are describing. I live in the Bay Area. What district are you talking about here?
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Old 03-01-2010, 12:56 PM
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