This week as I was getting my hair cut, another stylist walked into the salon with her 11 year old daughter. My stylist turned and asked why she wasn't in school...this is the unbelievable part...the kids and teachers had that day off because the district doesn't have enough money! Wait, it gets better...they have had 1 day off a week since the start of school and this will continue for the next 17 weeks! It is not the same day every week, it is a different day (making it very difficult for parents to find daycare for these kids on these days). When I got home I looked up the district website and the calendar shows these days as "Local Holidays"... Unbelievable!
There are 14 schools in that district, so very small (compared to the district I am associated with) and they don't have enough money to have their student go every day to school...Unbelievable!
How is this supposed to work? Will this one day off a week continue for the rest of the school year? Are the teacher's still responsible for teaching the same amount of work as a regular 180 day school year? Will the teachers still be held responsible for their students test scores? Is this what is going to happen in other districts when funding and budgets are cut to the point of not having enough money to have school everyday? Unbelievable!
Anyway, as much as I look forward to holidays, I think having a 4 day school week is not something I would be excited for, especially in today's economy, the governments need for numbers and fall guys and the public's scrutinizing eye. I feel bad for the teachers and sad for the students...Unbelievable!