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  •  california USED to be the leader in education in (3+ / 0-)
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    codairem, ichibon, TheDuckManCometh

    this country - then prop 13 came along and we dropped to near the bottom of the list.

    it is always about money, isn't it.  perhaps school boards need to be salary capped so that only those most interested in education would apply.  no more big bucks or golden parachutes for people who destroy that which they are supposed to be protecting and building!

    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:10:40 PM PDT

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    •  A large percentage of school board positions (3+ / 0-)
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      edrie, Cassandra Waites, codairem

      come with no compensation at all. But for a really large district, the time required to appropriately oversee it probably does require pay.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:26:52 PM PDT

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    •  It weren't no golden age tho (3+ / 0-)
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      Before prop 13... you may find this hard to believe, but education was maybe, on a good day, maybe #10 on issues people cared about in California.  I was an elementary student during that period, and my classes were about 35 students, even in kindergarten. Kids that had any obstacles did fall behind, and frankly, few people (aside from the overworked teachers) seemed to care.

      Special education services weren't truly mandatory until the mid 1970's.

      To be sure, Prop 13 made things even worse - when I entered my high school, they were running a 5 period day, which meant it was not actually possible to take enough classes to both graduate and meet University of California entrance requirements without attending summer school. All but one of my classes had 45 kids in the room - it was amazing they could get all the desks in them.

      Today, even in the post-recession crash, it's much much better than that. And bonus, if your last name ends in z, they won't swap your calculus class for wood shop any longer, as was once the norm.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:22:16 PM PDT

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