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  •  You are so right. (4+ / 0-)

    We're in an affluent district, and the resources for the students are amazing. Across the valley, not so much.

    We've all been hit by cuts, but the difference is in our district the educational foundation is able to counter them through donations. Not sure how we fix this problem.

    We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding. - Kurt Vonnegut

    by not a cent on Sat Apr 10, 2010 at 10:28:53 PM PDT

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    •  Some States (4+ / 0-)

      Parcel out all the education funding uniformly per student from the state capital and forbid school districts to raise money separately through donations.

      Adam and Eve had Iraqi birth certificates.

      by bink on Sat Apr 10, 2010 at 10:42:14 PM PDT

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      •  Even then, it still wouldn't be the same. (5+ / 0-)

        I couldn't even begin to calculate the value of the volunteer hours in our district.

        My stopgap solution is, every time we fund or do something in our district, be it a book fair or science enrichment, we partner with another district to provide the same benefits to their students.

        It's not a solution, but it's at least something.

        We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding. - Kurt Vonnegut

        by not a cent on Sat Apr 10, 2010 at 11:00:35 PM PDT

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        •  they are trying to "starve the beast" and (4+ / 0-)

          stopping districts from raising money without offering real solutions is just driving those with money out to private schools, and thus a success for the republicans.  We need to be able to improve the schools on many levels, without destroying those parts that are working as intended.
          I'm guessing there's room for innovation at many levels that's not being looked at.  How about State wide school supply buying so that maximum pricing advantages could be found.  Or, maybe Obama could lead a federal program to hire workers to improve the infrastructure of schools, so that kids could take advantage of remote after hour remedial and/or extra credit programs.  Maybe guest lecturers from the local community.  Some of the "green innovation and training programs" could use school buildings as test beds to find optimum installations techniques.

          republicians, supporters of small gov't and smaller economies

          by askyron on Sat Apr 10, 2010 at 11:22:28 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, it's got a whole host of them (1+ / 0-)
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      We have no representation when it comes to our congressional critter as well.  This is what happens when you have far right ideologues who don't feel that they have to do do anything for their seats but say NO.

      "We just won the great unfinished fight of the 20th century. Now we need to win the fight of the 21st - the battle for our planet. This is our time to do it."

      by Ellinorianne on Sat Apr 10, 2010 at 10:42:19 PM PDT

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    •  "Semi-Private" is the best way to (4+ / 0-)

      describe schools in affluent parts of California, at least.

      During high school, I attended two different schools in the same district, one of them having slightly more than twice as much funding per student, despite the fact that they both got the same ammount per student from the taxpayer.

      Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear - George Orwell

      by JesseCW on Sat Apr 10, 2010 at 11:08:49 PM PDT

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      •  This year (3+ / 0-)
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        basic aid districts (those which are funded by property taxes) agreed to a give back to the state equivalent to the cuts to non-basic aid districts.

        It's not that simple, but it's too complex to describe in a comment.

        Most people assume that all basic aid districts are affluent, but that is not universally true. Some districts shift back and forth.

        But the reality is that there is a huge difference in resources among districts, and, as you note, even among schools in the same district.

        The situation in California right now in regard to funding for schools is dismal beyond words. Our per capita spending per student is one of the lowest in the nation, despite the fact that the cost of living is one of the highest.

        Solutions seem unattainable at the moment.

        We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding. - Kurt Vonnegut

        by not a cent on Sat Apr 10, 2010 at 11:31:04 PM PDT

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