No matter where you go in OC, local schools and school districts are feeling the pain of hard times. In Capistrano Unified, Coastal South County schools are preparing for $27 million in painful budget cuts. Santa Ana Unified is preparing to possibly lay off some 573 teachers in the 2008-09 school year. In Saddleback Valley (Inland South County), some 170 teachers may be laid off. Basically, the pain’s being felt everywhere.
So why all the pain and suffering in our local schools? Is it just incompetence and the wasting of our tax dollars on the part of administration? Is Capo making a HUGE mistake by giving Superintendent A. Woodrow Carter a $324,000 salary (with benefits)? Is Santa Ana just wasting all the bond money that voters keep approving for the district on admin salaries?
Or can it be more than just that? Is it also a problem of the State of California being unwilling to fully fund Prop 98 funds for our schools? Is it a state problem in shying away from the necessary tax reforms to keep the state budget (including education) afloat? Is the state budget crisis finally trickling down to our local schools?
What do you think about the state of our schools today? Why can’t we fully fund our kids’ education? Is this a local problem of administrative incompetence? Is this a state problem of imprudent budgeting? Or is this a combination of the two?
I want to hear what you have to say about all the cuts at all our schools. Why are we feeling all this pain? Go ahead and have your say.