The Los Angeles School District recently struck an agreement with the city’s teacher’s union; agreeing to cut 5 days from the school year this year and 7 days from the school year next year, due to budget cuts.
This deal was needed to avoid the possible laying off of teachers, counselors, and other school officials. LA, like other school districts around the country, is facing a budget crisis due to the slow economy and reduced revenues from taxes.
I understand that something has to be done…. school closings, reduced days in school, less teachers, larger class sizes, etc… are all ways school districts are trying to deal with decreases in funding.
But what does this do to our children in the short-run and in the long-run? Are we going to produce some children, over the next couple of years, who are more ill-prepared academically, because there is so much flux in school systems across the country?
Because they are sitting in larger classes? Because they have less days of instruction in the school year? Because teachers may be concerned about keeping their jobs? Because certain school programs may be cut?
As parents, we have to get involved. We have to find out if there are any cuts that will affect our children in the schools they attend. We have to make sure our voices are heard and WE have to understand WHAT our children need to learn in order to be successful academically. If we don’t, there is no guarantee our children will graduate with what they need to be successful in the 21st century.
Take a look at Education World and see if there are standards that can help you raise your child’s academic abilities and see if you can work with your child’s school/teachers to ensure your child gets what he or she needs academically.