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on Jul 7, 2013
Just a shame this is the last year of PAUSD summer schools.
These wonderful programs will cease to exist next year all because of a poorly written law. I just wish the people that were so concerned about PAUSD following this law had instead spent their time trying to create a law that actually makes sense.
It looks like some private organization is set to make a bunch of money. Summer enrichment will always be in demand, now it will just be for the ones who can afford a very high price tag.
To keep a similar program, perhaps the Palo Alto Rec Department can hire the teachers and rent the space from the schools (plenty of other camps do that, Galileo, Hope Music Theater, etc.)
While well intentioned, the consequences of this law are that only credit recovery classes will be offered (and probably a limited number of those). I know the intention was for the burden of school costs to fall on the school districts, but I'm sure the other consequence will be teachers buying even more of their students' supplies because the school districts don't have the money.
Blame the ACLU for pushing the free and equal education guaranteed by the California Constitution. Let's get rid of them and the constitution. Palo Alto for Palo Atans only. Sounds like a pro-Skelly, pro-board parent group.
And the absurd living skills goes on.
3 weeks of watching movies and a week on sexual preferences. When asked for a syllabus or curriculum the district was unable to provide anything saying the teachers makeup their own...hmmm a required class with a curriculum the
random assortment of teachers get to roll themselves. That sounds like worthwhile time and a great use of taxpayer dollars.
Learning for free - Public education should absolutely be free, but the way this law is worded, it means that the relatively affordable summer enrichment programs (not regular academic classes) will not be offered. At least I hope they won't be offered for free...
This means that most of the 2000 kids that take summer "classes" will have to find something else to do. So the kids whose parents have $$ will have no problem finding enrichment programs and the kids whose parents took advantage of this affordable option will be stuck.
LivingSkills? - we should just eliminate the class and do a few weeks of sex-ed in PE.
It will be a shame if summer school is eliminated. I wonder if some legislator had the guts to add an amendment to the law like Joe Simitian probably would have.
We have used summer school for remedial reasons for the last 5 years and they have been fantastic in helping bridge the gap over summer. Our Student preferred the older more specific approach to the new one because the focus was more specific but enjoyed it and is looking forward to next year. (if there is one). I did not request a refund because I understand the cost to a school district to provide quality education yet I received one anyway.
Hopefully some reasonable solution can be found or we will be failing kids once again.
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