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The Most Dangerous (Budget) Game

by: Brian Leubitz

Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 14:06:46 PM PDT


Governor, Legislature put a lot on the line in November

by Brian Leubitz

Well, not THE most dangerous game, as I don't think there will be any hunting involved. However, the Governor and the Legislature are playing with K-12 education's money in the November revenue ballot fight:

A new education budget bill allows schools to cut 15 days in each of the next two school years if voters reject additional taxes on sales and income in November, double what Gov. Jerry Brown proposed in his May budget plan. (SacBee)

Now, this was likely done with the support of the teachers and other school organizations, but this is still a pretty risky play. It will help grease the skids for the revenue measure, obviously, but what happens if a bunch of school districts really go down to 160 days? That simply isn't enough to educate our children. A risky play, but perhaps the big gamble that gets the revenue measure to a position where it can succeed.

UPDATE: I want to point out that these cuts weren't simply a political gambit. They were a way to keep other priorities funded. Unfortunately, we are currently stuck in a zero-sum game. Using these trigger cuts means that some of the worst cuts to services are delayed (and hopefully eliminated) by passage of the revenue measure. If people understand what the revenue means to the K-12 system, maybe passage will be more likely. But when it comes down to it, K-12 is the biggest expense in the budget. In a crisis, eventually it is going to get hit hard.

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The Alexandria Library (0.00 / 0)
We have - at our fingertips - the largest library ever assembled; the internets.

If we can't afford to pay for schools, teachers, et al, we can go to:

Khan Academy
MIT Open Courseware
Knoppix
Govia
Gutenberg
Google Books
Babbel

We are progressive and in charge of our own selves, we are not just another brick in the wall.


A couple quibbles (5.00 / 1)
Not everyone has or can afford internet access -- remember that the US is actually
pretty mediocre, broadband-wise, and very expensive for what we get.  30% of US households don't even have access to broadband.  So, for students in those households, internet doesn't help.

Those schools tend to be focused towards people with at least a GED.  These potential cuts come to K-12.


[ Parent ]
Your paper keys (0.00 / 0)
I refuse to be bound by your Mandarin papers, by your diplomas, GEDs, BA, BS, MA, MS.

I'm talking about human actualization about knowledge.

I'm talking about the ability for a new young soul to walk a path of enlightenment to knowledge and all the best teachers' work has been captured in our storehouse of human knowledge.

Just enter and learn.

Internet access??? you say? I say if I can go to downtown Stockton with $50 and buy a gun, I can surely get a modest laptop and wargame someone's WiFi signal.

It's about desire.

I don't need a diploma to get a job, to be a slave to someone else's vision. I'll make my own on both

You'll not bind me with your rules and chains. I don't need a state to diaper me. My progressive nature says I am free to refuse that paradigm.


[ Parent ]
HUH ? (5.00 / 1)
Actually, Teachers TEACH CHILDREN
That's why we need to fund schools
So that TEACHERS can teach children

Clearly, you've transcended our educational system
But, most people aren't that advanced

Children need teachers

My oldest daughter was so inspired by her Middle School Math teacher, she's decided to become a middle school teacher

She's just finished her Bachelors in Math (with honors)
and will get her teacher's certificate next year

People NEED Teachers and Schools
Even 'exceptional people' like you


[ Parent ]
A Smart Move? (5.00 / 1)
This may be a smart move, if the word gets out.  Instead of some abstract set of cuts if the tax is not enacted, the voters may be explicitly given the choice:  we cut this if we don't get the taxes to pay for it.

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