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School layoffs begin as budget hits home

Original post made on Mar 12, 2009

Budget reductions have begun to take their toll on local students, programs and staff, nearly a month after the state Legislature approved over $8 billion in cuts to public education.

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Posted by James
a resident of Whisman Station
on Mar 12, 2009 at 8:39 pm

If this was France they'd be burning tires in the streets, cutting education is just going to bankrupt the future. They should create a local income tax to cover whatever the schools need.

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Posted by Palo Alto resident
a resident of another community
on Mar 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Seems your city council would rather spend money studying an unnecessary high speed rail station, as your schools rapidly deteriorate.

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Posted by S
a resident of another community
on Mar 13, 2009 at 12:45 pm

I get some irked when I see the news that public assistance projects get all this funding i.e. food stamps, medicare, etc .. in fact more now than ever 'since these people need the help' but what about the children who in the future, will need the skills, education to continue to fund these government programs? Surely some of the public assistance/government assistance funds can be axed/diverted to our children! I'm tired of this...

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Posted by student
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 13, 2009 at 4:05 pm

MS. Gilbert you rock and the school district is wrong to give you a pink slip

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Posted by Friend to all teachers
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 13, 2009 at 4:44 pm

This is very sad. :(

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Posted by Mountain View Resident
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Palo Alto resident, the City Council studying high-speed rail is irrelevant. Cities have no authority over school district administration or funding in California.

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Posted by Douglas
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 16, 2009 at 5:05 pm

This can be a positive. A lesson in Economics 101. Learning how to stay within a budget. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. When the Recession ends, the school district will be a lean, mean machine, turning out high achieving students within a budget. A model for the rest of the country. Are our students, teachers and administrators up for the challenge? If not, we can bring teachers from foreign countries on H-1B and J-1 visas. As of June 2003, we already had 1,047 guest teachers in California's public schools (according to the National Education Association). California ranks number one in public school teacher salaries, number one in total school expenditures, number 26 in expenditure per student, and 47 in student academic achievement. As an arithmetic teacher might say "This just don't add up!"

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Posted by friend
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2009 at 5:10 pm

And an English teacher would say, "This just doesn't add up!"

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Posted by Douglas
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 17, 2009 at 4:13 pm

The Mountain View High School robotics team, Spartan Robotics team 971, is heading to a national tournament in Atlanta. As I have always maintained, Silicon Valley originated in Mountain View and no matter what budget our schools have to work with, our students will be up to the challenge! Go team 971!

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