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Survey finds growing worry over Calif. school cuts
I’m happy to hear that everyone is upset about the budget cuts and speding cut on education! However, I don’t think that the negative feedback on the cuts is going to have too much of an effect on them because money has to be cut somewhere and it seems education is the number one target. Hopefully enough people will want to stop education cuts that something will be done and no more cuts will be made.
The cuts aren’t just affecting students, but the teachers, parents, and the future of the US! If people aren’t able to afford or aren’t able to get into the classes they need, then not as many people will be educated enough to fill the job rules needed in order for this country to run.
This is really no surprise that there is outrage over the budget cuts. This has been going on some past few years and I dont really see it getting better any time soon. I cant really attest to these people who are fighting against the budget cuts because I never really felt the affects when I was in prep school, and I dont have any kids who are going through it right now either. What I do know is that testing grades are down, school programs are getting cut, and teachers are either paid too little or they get laid off. It will probably be even worse when I have kids and they are going through the tough times of their schools having even lower funding than they do right now.
Education is a major problem in California, there is no doubt. I am happy to read that more people are paying attention to the education deficit. When trying to clear fiscal deficits it is difficult to hold a high value on the ‘future’ when the financial realization of that future is potentially 20 years away. I don’t believe higher taxes are the answer – I believe California already has one of the highest tax rates in the whole country? There must be a more efficient immediate allocation of resources for this State while maintaining the future health of the state.
It’s good to hear that so many people are paying so much attention to the serious problems that California is facing everyday and more with each year. I think that if we want to make sure that California is the great state we know it to be, we need to stop all these budget cuts and focus on what really matters, which is eduction. I think that people don’t see how big this problem could become years down the road. If sufficient classes aren’t offered to students then that will cause them to stay in school longer, spend more money on insufficient education and just making it that much more difficult to get jobs in the future.
California has to start doing something about the k-12 education system. It is getting so bad, test scores continuously dropping and teachers getting laid off and schools losing money like crazy. it’s just depressing. it seems like the state is putting education as low priority which makes no sense education is what keeps things running. The basics that are taught are a vital foundation to a person and if that’s not there, it’s going to be hard to recover. i’m glad more and more people are starting to see the state needs to start improving the education system and to stop attacking it so much.
I personally find it a bit frustrating that people are upset about the lack of funding towards public schools, yet are hesitant to support a tax raise to go towards this cause. People need to realize that there is simply not enough money to go to all the services that the government has gotten us used to recieving. Cuts to all parts of the budget, including education are inevitable, and if people really want a solution then it is going to have to come out of everyone’s pocket.
The survey shows that indeed that many people are worrying about the California Schools budget cut. I am surprise that it is the state’s top 3 concern. Since our economy is not doing so well right now, and a budget cut in education will make citizens even more worry. Children are the future. If they do not get a well-educated, there’s no hope for our country. I really do think that the state government should rethink about the important role of education in our country.
It is not too surprising to me that the California budget cuts is in the top three concerns, the fact of the matter is we as a state are in a terrible budget crisis and school cutting will make many more uneasy, but in the end there isn’t much that we as individuals can do about it we need to take a stand and make sure that the future of California is secure, school cutting to me is not what should be getting cut.
It’s very good to hear that there is an increase in the amount of American’s concerned about school budget cuts. Being a college student, I tend to think more about how the budget cuts have effected my education and not how it could be effecting younger students. It is really sad to hear that the music and art programs are being the first cut. Growing up very involved in the arts, it would be sad to think about what my life would have been like without the art program at Vintage. We need to keep creative outlets in our schools. Think about the trickle down theory and how many potential designers at all levels – architecture, graphic design, fashion design would never find their true passions if the art programs in all high schools were eliminated. Your high school years and even the first years at a JC are all about finding what your true passion. I’m all for a local parcel tax to fund Napa’s schools, if it means keeping class size down and the art and music programs alive! We all walk around the same city together, we should be able to pay a little extra tax if it means saving the futures of our children because we’re all in this together!
Hmm, posted on the 28th? It took that long to get an article out about this? That’s funny. Of course Californians are upset. Thats why we had SOS day a few weeks ago. 84 teachers were just laid off in the district and two schools closed. No surprise either about the three top concerns. The nation is in debt, the state is in debt, and we’re trying to solve it by cutting spending to schools so we that our future generations have a weaker education and be the ones who become our next governor and policy makers? Makes sense.
I am not surprised that the general public is most worried about school budget cuts. The education of our youth is an important part of our state’s future. Currently we are in an economic recession, and if we don’t want this recession to reoccur, we need to educate our youth appropriately. The question we need to ask ourselves, however, is what is a bigger priority to the state? Our long term problems (education) or short term problems (recession)?
One solution to both problems is to raise taxes in order to lessen the cuts to the education budget. Less people will complain about education budget cuts, and the money gained from an increase in taxes will hopefully help carry us out of this recession. Unfortunately, the public is split on this decision “with 49 percent in favor and 47 percent against.”
Personally, I believe that, with the legalization of Marijuana in November, the newly taxable product will provide enough funds for the state that we will not have to cut funding anywhere nor raise any current taxes.
I was wondering when I’d chance upon an article like this. With all the protests in the news recently and teacher layoffs as well as tuition hikes, finally we have statistics to show how unsatisfied Californians are with school budget cuts. What especially worries me are the electives that may be cut from our schools. I believe without creative classes for outlets for the kids, students will burnout much faster during the school year if they mostly focus on academic subjects. Baldassare is quite right. We need a governor who will put the education system as his/her primary focus.
Coming from a family of teachers it’s very difficult to hear all the stories of these cuts and how they are effecting kids and faculty more and more. I believe it took way to long for most of the public to react to what has been happening (budget wise). Same goes for elected officials, they should have put this more on a high priority on their agendas, including the options of taxes (if that’s what it has to come down to).
I’m glad that we are all aware of the budget cuts and that we are upset about the situation. Education seems to be the number one budget cut and i do feel that it is hurting our younger generations at getting a quality education. This isn’t just happening in california but in states all over the country. I know that we have to make budget cuts one way or another but I don’t agree with them taking it out on our education system. Hopefully something will be done soon about this situation because the cuts are just effecting the students and teachers but parents as well. Education is a key part to success and by cutting it out we are setting ourselves up just to fail.
I agree with the article that there needs to be something done about the decreasing school funds. Education is a big thing in our society children should be getting the education they need and deserve. I don’t believe raising taxes is the right solution. But I do believe something does need to be done about the disappearing school funds.
I think that there needs to be other options when it comes to budget cuts. I am totally again school cuts, because they are cutting back on education for the kids, and they are the next generation who are going to run everything. How can we cut back on their education? They are the future, and its sad to see all the teachers that were laid off and all the programs that are getting canceled.
It is good that we have a great number of people that are expressing their viwes on the budget cuts, but cgetting rallied up and just being concerned is not enough. we need to come up with solutions for the problem. I say it is not right to cut on education but at the same time if I do not let my voice be heard in registering to vote then there is no point of even considering asking the legislature to not cut my education. Politicians listen to voters and since majority of the youth do not vote, they are screwed.
We have known for some time now that California has had budget cuts that involve the educational system. It is good to know that more and more people are getting informed on the subject and want something done by the state. Budget cuts in education lead to lower wages for those instructors that have not yet been laid-off with increasing students in classrooms. California officials have to realize that education cuts affects the long-run in that students will not get taught as efficient as they could for a better future.
I must conquer. As a college student we see how badly budget cuts are affecting us and we pay for our schooling. I can’t imagine to me back in my elementry or middle school years and have to worry about getting a proper education. I think it has been and should continue to be one of our main concerns. Our education systems is the stepping stone to developping our country. If budget cuts keep cutting back and less jobs and less students getting an education, that is going to dramatically hurt us in the long run. Save the childrens education!
I feel that the state should stop cutting the elementary school budget. Every generation needs a good quality education, and how are the children going to receive this education when there are not enough teachers and classes to suffice them? Personally I love the smaller class size and that is why I go to a private institution, but not all families can afford to send their children to private schools. And many children need that extra attention, and they will not be able to obtain this with larger class sizes. I also do not like to hear that the electives have started to be cut out because many students cannot afford to attend private music and/or art classes. These electives broaden the children’s creativity instead of just focusing on standard curriculum. The state needs to figure out a better solution so that education in general does not take an even bigger hit in the future.
If budget cuts continue in educational systems, in no time the future of public education be terminated. (no pun intended) I still am on the fence if this is a bad thing or not. Private education will be left, quality education. Not that private schools are better then public but less schools would up the quality. I always thought there was too much presure for schooling. What about the people who do not care to learn but are forced to go to school? It currently is the law that all kids must attend school. Yes i agree that the general people need to be educated but how much? If people do not want to go to high school they sholdnt be forced, then this will leave more money to the people who need an want it. How many people at universitys are wasting their time? from a reliable source i hear that usually the most of the students do not take college seriously until their junior year, so that is two years wasted on partying, messing around, wasting the time of multiple teachers and other students.
I reassuring to know that many people are worried about the education cuts and feel the need that something needs to be done soon. To trella’s comment about people that are not wanting to go to school, such as high school or college, and should not be forced because they are wasting time and money is true, but I don’t agree to the full extent of it. If teens were not forced to go to high school then they would be on the streets causing trouble and getting no where with their lives. Structure and discipline is what they need and without that then this society would be facing more crimes and chaos everywhere. Also, people that go to college have to pay it themselves so therefore, they can do whatever they want at college. Its unfortunate that they don’t take their school seriously, but if they pay for it then they can spend their money how they like. We all know education is a viable source to people’s lives and with out it people will not be able to succeed in today’s society. Let’s just hope that our economy can continue to get better so that we don’t have to be dealing with these horrible and unfortunate budget cuts.
Budget cuts are greatly going to effect the future generations. Society will not function if people do not get a proper well rounded education. Knowledge is power and most people cannot afford private education. It is extremely important to educate children especially because children are able to learn so much more at a time then adults.
It is sad to see that California’s budget cuts seem to be effecting the children the most. Reminds me of the slogan, “invest in the future” which are all children. If the children are not provided with a good quality education than we are going to see the drawback in their future. Either they will struggle more throughout their schooling or they will be cut short of their potential as future leaders. However, in light of all the dilemma it is good read that education is one of the top three concerns for California.
Clearly this is a sensitive topic. We all must have our own opinion about schooling because that is what we all have in common. It is obvious that schooling is one of those factors that cannot suffer from money loss. I remember when I was in elementary school and our teacher would tell us that we were missing certain things because our school couldn’t afford the tools we needed to learn. Education has been a target for budgeting since I can remember. I am surprised that until now, this article states that educational budget cuts are of very much importance right now. This should of been made a bigger deal of since a long time ago. Schooling effects our futures, even for those who don’t think so. This investment is a prudent one. What a shame to take money away from the smartest investment.
I see stuff like this and it makes me sad for all the students who get stuck with no classes cause there schools just cant provide. It also makes me very happy to be at st marys. But it shows a serious issue, people say money has to be cut and being negative isnt the issue, i agree about the negativity, but i can think of much other areas of society that money is wasted, ie prisons. I feel like a more flexible system and a system that has more resources is needed. SO that teachers can do their jobs.
I think it is very important to take a look at how these budget cuts will have an impact on the future generation. We grow up believing that one of the main keys to success is education but what’s going to happen if the education continuous to suffer budget cuts. With increased budget cuts on public education ethnic groups such as the African American and Latino community will suffer the most. The probability of these individuals making it into college is low enough but having a bad public education will make it that much more difficult for them to make it into college. I think it is very important for California to realize the impact of budget cuts in public schools.
I agree that K-12 education is very important. It serves as the foundation for future education. If children don’t receive a solid start, they’ll never get to upper level education. I think it’s very easy to criticize politicians for cutting funding for education because really anyone can see the benefits of an educated population. But no one really has a solution for it. I don’t think we should be blaming Schwarzenegger, the state legislature, or Obama for the problems that reduced finding has caused. We just need to give the politicians the time they need to sort everything out. They are elected to solve problems, not listen to misguided complaints.
K-12 are the most important school years for kids. To be cutting all these budgets in school districts is going to show int eh long run. If budgets keep gettin cut, class sizes will increase, the amount of teachers will decrease. Creating a larger student to teacher ratio, overall creating an unfair environment for the kids. Kids cannot focus or learn in an environment will 40 kids in a class room, a teacher cannot possibly give each student enough quality time that they need. Cutting het budgets will cut the necessary programs for children to be creative and have imagination suchs as music class, art and physical education. The budget cuts are going to have a huge detrament on future and current children in schools.
It is unfortunate that when a state’s deficit increases, education seems to be the first casualty as opposed to the State raising taxes on the super-rich, which there are an abundance of in California. This state needs an educated workforce to be as competitive as it is economically. These budget cuts are a short-term solution to a long-term problem.
K-12 education is very important. It is the foundation for future education and the lives of children. If kids dont have a good and positive start in their education knowledge more and more kids will drop out of school at an earlier age. If this continues the class sizes will get larger, there will be a higher student teacher ratio and it will not be fair for these students and may impact their future.
As the mother of a child in the 4th grade it is very concerning to think of the possibility and more so the likelihood, of more budget cuts to the education system. I think it’s completely unfair to the children and young adults who have to suffer because of the poor decisions of others and the mismanagement of money by many. LOL…if we are not educating our kids now (and give them the education they deserve) who will fix these problems others are going to leave behind?
People should be angry with the budget cuts that public schools are getting. Class sizes are increasing, so students may not be getting the help they need. And schools ranking may be very low compared to others, so that may affect some students when they apply to college
It’s obvious that everyone is upset by the budget cuts. When I was a junior in high school we started up our own mens volleball team for the first time in 8 years. We had a team, a coach but no funding. Our two coaches said that they would the first season for no pay as longas we were committed which we all were. All we had to do was pay the fee for uniforms, school vans, and other expenses. However, due to budget cuts we were not able to compete in league after 3 months of hard work. It was the worst feeling.
Education is important and should be a high priotrity on the budget, but stupid people with jobs eran more that smart one who are unemployed. We need to look to making sure that we can get the money to spend on education before we complain that the budget is being cut.
I’m happy to hear that so many people are aware of the serious problems facing our state on a daily basis. In order to ensure that California remains the great state that it is, the budget cuts must stop, and we must focus on the bigger problems at hand. The state needs to focus more on education and the schooling of our future leaders. This is clearly the most important issue at hand right now, and it seems that it is being far too easily overlooked by state and government officials
I am glad to see that there are more attention paid to the educational system since I think that education is one of the key factors for the improvement of economy in the long run. Better education will result in a higher chance of getting a job or else a lot of us won’t be in school today.
I think the California educational cuts are ridiculous. Education is one of the most important issues that need to be addressed. It can determine the future for our kids and teachers are losing their jobs left and right. My mom and sister are teachers so i witness it first hand. My mom’s job is stable but has seen many newly hired teachers be pink slipped. Some teachers use their own money to buys supplies for their classrooms. My sister just got hired as a middle school teacher and is already in jeopardy of losing her job. More money needs to be implemented into schools. You can see how big of deal it is just by watching the news and seeing the protesters.
I have to disagree with Ruby regarding that these negative feedback’s will not hurt education. Right now schools are in a fragile and vulnerable state. Any implications will affect schools directly. I understand that cuts must be made, but you cannot compromise education for the greater good of saving money. States have a responsibility to present its people with the best resources available. I know that everyone holds some share of the blame for the situation we are presently in but its seems it is us, the students, that have to pay for the consequences of incompetent banks and government over spending. If they want to cut back then find ways that does not directly affect education. How can the government honestly believe that educational institutions are compromisable? Do they not understand that we are the future generation that will help this country prosper?
being worried about state school budget cuts is worth the worry, in that while it may be beneficial in the short run (that california does not go bankrupt) it will have ramifications beyond that. in the long run that means that there will be less educated people working in california, which in turn will lower the income that they get and generally slow down California’s economy later down the line. thus this may have a terrible effect for california in the years to come.
I feel that the school system gets abused by budget cuts. This continued abuse is going to harm our population because good public schools are becoming a rare breed. It does not take an economist to figure out that if you continue to minimize the amount of money public schools receive the less productive they become. They can not afford to buy new learning tools, they can not afford to keep the proper amount of teachers on staff, even the nutrition aspect suffers because schools are forced to buy cheap food. Even middle class families are willing to send their children to private schools because of the higher education that will be offered to their children. Public schools have been on a downward spiral and will continue to with each budget cut.
Another budget cut and yet another outrage, not very surprising. The last few years this has frequently happened and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better any time soon. These outraged people seem to attempt to petition the cuts, however, they never seem to have an effect on it because it continues to happen. The only thing that has been constant is the fact that test scores are down, teachers are paid to little and school programs are being cut and there are no signs of improvements. Seems as if people are just going to have to make it through this tough time and be patient and wait for the economy to improve.
I do not blame people for worrying about k-12 budget cuts. Parents obviously want the best for their kid, and they will fight for them until the end. If I had kids I would be worried as well because I would want the best education possible. However, what bothers me about this article is the fact that these people do not practice what they preach. If they are complaining about budget cuts and want change, they need to be open to paying more taxes because that is one way it will help fix the budget. If they want the best for their kids and schools, they need to sacrifice some tax dollars. Paying more tax dollars would be beneficial because your kids will get a better education that will better their lives in the end.
budget cuts in schools are never a good thing. Not only are these budget cuts on schools but they are on schools from k-12 which is the youth in society that will one day run our country. This makes no sense because education to the youth is so very important and something needs to be done to fix this
With all the budget cuts it is not suprising that the California educational system is one of the lowest in the nation. All of the cuts are affecting after school programs that are now eliminated. Teachers are moving to other states d=for more stable and better paid jobs. If the government does not find a solution soon the school will get too overcrowded because the schools that are poorer will not be able to survive on these cuts.
This is very sad to know about the educational system in California. These budget cuts are definitely not helping with education because it has already had to lay off many teachers, and cut back on days of school.
This is a sensitive topic in the state today. With more people, nearly 50%, believing that these budget cuts are having a negative impact on their child’s education, something needs to be done. These kids are the future of our nation and deserve to have a quality education. Schools cannot bear any further budget cuts, and hopefully people will see that. State officials wonder why our educational system is one of the lowest in the nation, its because these kids aren’t given the proper resources to be successful.
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