Original post made by teabag, The Crossings, on Apr 19, 2011
The Los Altos kindergarten program is extravagant. It provides two teachers to instruct one kindergarten class. I have taught kindergarten in Cupertino where the majority of students were English as a Second Language, no other teacher or aide, and managed just fine. Usually districts that provide two teachers in kindergarten have "at risk" students. Should we pay for an extra teacher in kindergarten ? Both Cupertino and Palo Alto have one kindergarten teacher for the same program. Unfortunately language for the K program is in the contract which the board approved. This is going to be difficult to change.
The districts spin is making this about the kids when it is really about the board and district and their poor negotiating skills.