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California school boards group snubs state legislators

And the winner is ... no one.

That’s right. Nobody won this year’s Legislator of the Year Award from the California School Boards Assn. because schools suffered so much from funding cuts approved by the state Legislature that the group didn't want to single out any lawmaker for praise.

“Sure, there are some legislators who have done good things for education, and others that we admire for their efforts,” Frank Pugh, the group’s president-elect and a board member for Santa Rosa city schools, said in a release. “But for crying out loud, schools have been cut by $2,100 per student.  We’d be nuts to present this award to anybody in a year when the cuts are going to have detrimental effects on an entire generation of students.  We just have to draw the line somewhere.”

The California School Boards Assn.'s snub may not get more than a shrug in the Legislature, but the organization has wielded some clout with strategic moves. The association, for example, has frozen, through the courts, an effort to force all California eighth-graders to take Algebra 1. The association wants to shift the focus to making sure students are prepared to take algebra by the eighth grade, said Executive Director Scott Plotkin.

The Sacramento-based association also is gathering support for a lawsuit over school funding. Its leadership asserts that schools need more money, but also need a reformed funding system, one that gives school districts the same freedoms to manage resources that are enjoyed by charter schools, Plotkin said.

For today, he said, the message is simply: “Bad job, Sacramento.”

“California has to figure out a way to create a system that does more than add layer upon layer of cuts to a public education system that is already woefully underfunded,” said current President Paula S. Campbell of the Nevada City School District. “Until that happens, this association sees no choice but to hold the Legislature accountable for its actions.”

—Howard Blume

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"woefully underfunded"

Please. If we are paying the average teacher $105K per year with benefits then we are not udner funded.

Big mistake by CSBA...they should have awarded the honor to Assemblyman Tom Torlakson who has been instrumental in supporting education initiatives despite the shortage of money. While money is super critical for quality public education, support for learning activities that are beneficial for all studenst is also a worthwhile reason for support. And most importantly, Assemblyman Torlakson is not an ego driven politician only looking for his name on legislation.

What sucks the life from the education system are those appointed by the Governor such as UC Regents and their salaries. The Chancellors that make more money than the President of the US. Superindents of school districts making more than $250K, Principals that are making $200K, Asst Principals that are making $150K. I don't think teachers in the classroom are overpaid...but the weight at the top is... and as far as CSBA these are board members that are politicians...not educators!

Surf Puppy, you are wrong so look at it that way. Not every teacher makes that, and the number that do are few and far between. Now, I an tell you how you will see improvements:

1. Parents do their job and discipline a child if they do wrong. Do not blame the teacher or school. Don't be a friend, be a responsible parent.

2. End social promotion. I am sorry, it is not my fault you cannot sit down and read with your child because you thought it was more important to get knocked up when in high school so you dropped out. You should want your child to do better so pay attention to them. If your kid is failing, get them help. If they fail at the end of the year, they stay back.

3. If a child does not know their times tables up though 12 (90% correct or better in 5 minutes or less), they do not move on to middle school.

4. End bussing out of neighborhood kids to other schools. This is not the 60's.

5. Hold the parents responsible as well


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