Which program must be maintained during budget cuts?

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Bummed on the Bayou (not verified)

Unfair question - I concur

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Unfair question - I concur.

Also, sadly, the after school programs must stay intact so that parents can maintain employment.

Additionally, I have never been a big fan of them. I don't subject my child to them; I wasn't subjected to them. They [after school programs] are also often underfunded, and poorly supervised. My son plays football, piano, is an art student, and when he reaches high school will more than likely take advantage of Advanced Placement courses.

I too played sports and music, but I never had to wait on someone to pick me up from school in the afternoon.

Unfair question indeed.

K. Kallen (not verified)

Budget cut choice

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What a stark, horrible choice. Ironically, given my own disinterest in sports as a kid, I chose the sports program to keep. This is because it seems like one of the only counters left to the unhealthy, sedentary lives that many children (and adults) lead. Many schools have already cut recess and P.E., and we all know about the rise in childhood obesity.

Anonymous (not verified)

cutting programs

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What will end up getting cut is supply money for teachers, custodial service, paraprofessionals and, especially special education!

What never gets cut is adminstration. That is where most cuts need to go, upper administration---executive director of this that and the other thing. There should be program direcors for Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Special Education. The latter should have a coordinator for Inclusive and one for Self Contained special ed.

Send a few assistant superintendents and other administrators back to the clasroom.

Brian (not verified)

Unfair Question

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This is a very hard questions to unravel. Most people, educators or not, will keep the program that they participated in or having a link to.

With the choice of after school, sports, arts, and advanced placement no matter what you cut, you eliminate one group from an activity that they participate in.

I played sports, was involved in after school programs, went to a school that was all advanced placement and played an instrument (arts).

Their is no fair approach and in each outcome we are excluding education.

Sadly if I had to make a choice, I would save the after school program

Dr. Dave (not verified)

Which program to cut?

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I am not satisfied with the choices in this survey. I would prefer to keep all programs that are working and curtail those that are not working. I would prefer to increase class size slightly rather than drop an arts or after-school program. I would rather have fundraisers for sports than drop sports programs.

Anonymous (not verified)

Which program must be maintained during budget cuts?

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Unfortunately one of the programs that often gets cut is not listed. That is the Library Media Program. If the state doesn't mandate professional staffing in the LMC, professionals are often replaced with parapros or aides or positions eliminated altogether. Budgets for library materials are also often cut. Not everything is on the Internet and students need guidance in learning how to find, evaluate and use the information that is.

Mitch Ward (not verified)

Budget cuts

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What an amazing question! Maybe you should ask if I would rather lose an arm or a leg.

We have a military budget larger that the rest of the world's combined. Our consumer spending is at an all time high. And you are asking us to choose between art and sports?

What kind of society could even generate such a question? If we love our children there are many other items we should place on the chopping block before we even consider this question.

Linda in Pennsylvania (not verified)

Tough budget choices for school districts

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Our local school district had this very dilemma this week in its budget planning for the next school year. After much public comment and many meetings, the school board voted by a narrow margin to keep the arts programs it originally had planned to cut, but did eliminate elementary foreign language classes and middle and high school counseling and assistant administrative positions. Title 1 elementary and reading classes also are being scaled back, due to lessened federal funding.

Interestingly, the majority of the public attending the budget meetings and quoted in our local paper all supported raising the local school district taxes in order to keep the arts programs. As one parent stated, art and music classes are all a part of a complete education and worth the expense to keep. This is the same district by the way which also recently spent a great deal (out of a separate budget) to build a new sports field and field house - much to the chagrin of many who support the sports program but felt other budgetary issues were more prominent - i.e. school building renovations and alleviating textbook shortages.

Obviously, school district budgets these days pose hard choices for everyone. This supports the need for even more "out of the box" ways to provide quality learning experiences for today's 21st Century students.

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