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Error sends Californian children back to school quickly

Discussion in 'Education Policies' started by ASPCA4EVER, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. ASPCA4EVER

    ASPCA4EVER Well-Known Member

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    Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | 2 comment(s)
    Students at Dickson Elementary in Chino and Rolling Ridge Elementary in Chino Hills were supposed to be done with school on Thursday, but a clerical error means they will have to make up 34 days or the schools will risk losing $7 million in state funds.

    Under California law, schools' occasional short days - taken to allow teachers time for preparation - must be at least 180 minutes. An internal audit in May found 34 days at the two schools that were only 170 or 175 minutes.

    That missing time could be made up in just one or two school days but a further quirk of state law says the short days don't count at all. That means every one of the 34 days must be made up to avoid the penalty in state funds.

    Hilary McLean of the state Department of Higher Education said legislators intended to make the penalties stiff to discourage districts from "shaving off minutes here and there."

    One of the district's associate superintendents has taken responsibility for the errors. She is retiring this year.

    The unexpected summer session will feature extra arts, music and science and will give students a head start on next year's curriculum, school officials said.

    Still, the kids are disappointed.

    Fourth-grader Sean Cornish says his classmates "think it's dumb that they have to go to school for these extra days because some lady messed up."
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    :mad:WTH...how costly for this school district and I'm quite sure that this has/will create a budget problem for all involved: teachers/nutritional-food service/transportation etc., etc., etc.,
     
  2. samsara15

    samsara15 Well-Known Member

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    American Beaureaucracy rears its ugly head once again. Laws, taken literally, gone insane. Yet another good argument for allowing judges some leniency in interpreting the law, although it sounds as if no judges were in play in this fiasco. Poor kids. It appears that the retiring administrator was in a good position to be a willing scapegoat.
     
  3. roomfullofflowers

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    I feel bad for the kids. On the other hand, they are learning a valuable lesson...
     
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  4. ASPCA4EVER

    ASPCA4EVER Well-Known Member

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    Yep, that our administrators/teachers/school boards will 'SCREW YOU OVER' and that is the American Way!!! GOOD GRIEF...this is just a real 'CLUSTER' and I just wonder how much this is going to cost the school district? :confused:
     
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