Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Can You Really Cut 17 Days Out of a School Year?
Hawaii is presently suffering from recession woes and just not having enough money in the state budget to pay for everything it needs to. They are proposing cutting 17 days in the school year. Wow! That's a lot! We have 176 days in our Illinois school year. Hawaii plans to have 163. The school system here is already struggling with many schools not meeting the standards. What will this do?
I taught in a rather well funded school district in Illinois but we were having to cut many fine arts programs because of increasingly tight budget constraints. In the 19 years I taught there, the number of school days children were in session was never touched because of state law. Therefore it feels like the earth is shaking to think they are robbing not just a few days out of a child's school life but well over 2 weeks! The super bright kids will survive this but for those children who we even provided free after school tutoring, this is crushing.
You may think Hawaii is paradise but the weather is steamy right now and lots of people are hot under the collar.
P.S. I just noticed in the comments that you've mentioned cutting sports. Interestingly, Art who is a real sports nut said the same thing. He feels at times like these, sports should go before anything else. I'm not saying to cut the Physical Education program. That is important for every child's health. Just leave out sports for a while until we're back on our feet.