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State’s budget debacle forces district to slash teachers

By Jill Ballinger GAZETTE EDITOR

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I live in the Lake Don Pedro

I live in the Lake Don Pedro area. This is a community that spreads across the Maiposa/Tuolumne county lines. Lake Don Pedro Elemantary School is operated by Mariposa county; but, Toulumne county elementary students in our area are bussed all the way to Big Oak Flat. Also, Lake Don Pedro High School is operated by Tuolumne county; but, Mariposa county high school students in our area are bussed all the way to Mariposa. Maybe, the two countys could look into cooperating to keep all local students in our local schools. This would probably save a lot of transportation costs by both countys. In the meanwhile, there are two charter schools operating in our area. I don't know where charter schools get their funding. However, if they are draining money away from our traditional school, that could be looked at as well. Maybe somone who is better informed and/or educated on the matter could comment on these issues.

Folks, the pain is everywhere

Folks, the pain is everywhere as evidenced in this excerpt from today's SacBee: Sacramento City Unified School District trustees approved their worst-case budget scenario for next school year at a board meeting Thursday evening. Unless a tax extension, advocated by Gov. Jerry Brown, is placed on a June ballot and passed by voters, the school district will cut financial support for such things as sports, band, cheerleading, choir, drama and yearbook. In addition, Sacramento City Unified will lay off the equivalent of about 355 full-time teachers, principals, counselors and librarians, further increase class sizes, make additional cuts to adult education and slash the salaries of all employees by 5 percent. Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/04/3448589/sacramento-city-district-approv...

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