Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Did She Really Say That?

Yes, it’s not a rumor. At the September 11 board meeting, board member Sue Brown questioned the need for K-3 class size reduction. Her exact words were:

And then finally, going over all the budget things with Jim and Ted, I am reminded that we have a $1.7 million encroachment because of class size reduction in grades K through 3. And I am just wondering, besides the fact that we know that we all benefit from extra attention and what not, is that investment paying off for our kids? An are we using the money in the best way possible when we are spending that kind of money for a very small group of kids?

(What not?) YCEA would like to gently point out that all students in YCJUSD have to attend kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade. EVERY SINGLE child in YCJUSD benefits from this program.

In a time when the District is NOT in financial difficulties, do you really want to be represented by a board member who questions the need for class size reduction?

As the board begins to look forward to next year, do not stand by and let them eliminate or curtail valuable programs. Talk to them. Let them know what you think!