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Published by Leader Services Logo Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Reduction of school year may be necessary to ease budget crisis

Source: California Watch

Children exiting schoolWhile no firm proposal has been set, it's expected that school districts will have to significantly reduce the number of days in the school year in response to the state's budget crisis. There's fear that number could shrink to 150 or 155 days from the state's minimum of 175 days.

According to State Board of Education President Michael Kirst, school districts can make up the $5 billion school budget deficit by increasing class sizes, reducing staff salaries, or shortening the school year; he contends the latter may be the most viable option.


Middle class looking closely at private schools


Students in uniformPrivate schools are becoming more appealing to middle-class parents, who fear the worst is to come for public schools as the state grapples with its unprecedented budget shortfall.

Inquires and enrollment for private schools has risen this spring, according to local private schools. Some schools estimated that inquiries and applications are up 25 percent. If CA middle-class parents lose their trust in public schools, it would have serious consequences, socially, economically, and politically, according to UCLA professor Gary Orfield.


Bill gives parents ‘opt out’ rights to sex education

Source: The Orange County Register

Mother and daughter talkingUnder a proposed state Assembly bill, parents could keep their children out of classes that teach morality, religion and gender or sexual orientation.

The Parental Oversight and Involvement Act is intended to help ensure parents are made aware of what schools are teaching their children, said state Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, R-Costa Mesa, who introduced the bill. Mansoor contends that the legislation will help ensure parents are made aware of what schools are teaching their children.

The bill's opponents are concerned that keeping students from sex education classes will mean increased teen pregnancy rates and more sexually transmitted diseases.


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Californians have varying opinions on how to help education

Source: Central Valley Business Times

Californians residents don't necessarily think spending more money is the answer to its education problems. In a statewide poll conducted in April by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, residents were asked how the state should improve its public schools.

Forty-three percent of residents said existing state funds need to be used more wisely. Forty-one percent of residents say funds need to be used more wisely and the amount of funding needs to be increased.

Among the residents' greatest concerns include teacher layoffs, a shortened school year, increased class sizes, and the elimination of extracurricular activities.



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