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Garibay Soup: School Budget Cuts Effect MY FAMILY

Sunday, October 4, 2009

School Budget Cuts Effect MY FAMILY

On Thursday we received a phone call from the Principal. Never a good thing... I'm extremely happy that Gino was the one to answer the phone!  I'm sure his stomach was turning as the principal announced who he was over the phone, but then he said... he's not in trouble or anything.  And here is where some happiness and irritation begins...

At the beginning of the school year I was a bit SHOCKED at the fact that my son is in a class with 30 kids.  I am pretty sure that in the previous years he was close to 16.  Um, a kid with Sensory Processing Disorder does not focus well with 30 kids in his class.  To top this off there were 6 3rd graders in this class, because thank you to the beautiful budget cuts there just wasn't enough room for them w/the 3rd grade teachers.  *SIGH*

Okay, back to the phone call... the principal informed my husband that Jayden is going BACK to his 1st grade teacher, who we & he ABSOLUTELY LOVES!  He's not the only one, there will be a few other 2nd graders going with him.  He will still be in 2nd grade and will be in a class where a few of his friends from church are... which is a nice plus.

Downfall:  I'm a little irritated at the fact that Jayden has become comfortable with where he's at, with his classmates, with his new friend Isaiah, and we are ripping him from that and he'll be starting completely over.

I'm just really disgusted that this is what it has come to.  They're cutting budgets in places that SHOULD NOT BE CUT!  It's going to effect our children and I don't like that.

A close family friend introduced to me something called Connections Academy which seems like an amazing home schooling program.  If things get bad we just might have to venture that way... and I don't want to take him out of school, but I want him to learn.  


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Blogger Rachel R. said...

It is so absolutely insane how much money the schools get per student - and how absolutely little they manage to do with it. On average, it's something like $8,000-9,000 per student (not counting the extra school boards get for those with special needs; we're just talking standard classroom instruction with "regular" teachers) per year. Do you have any idea how utterly in heaven I would be with $8,000 ONE TIME for our WHOLE FAMILY for school resources? We could have such an incredible resource library here. What the heck are they doing with all of that money that they have to then go and CUT important things?!?

Crazy, crazy, crazy.

October 4, 2009 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger DysFUNctional Mom said...

Good luck with it. A friend of mine is going through something similar with her daughter. It's sad the way money gets spent by the government; clearly schools are not a priority.

October 6, 2009 at 3:49 AM  

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