Who’s Afraid of Budget Cuts? Emvy discusses Public Education

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A sunny pancake breakfast on the patio evolves into a vibrant debate over the current state of public education. The discussion is sparked by a wildly ironic LA Times front page article inciting taxpayers rage over how impossible it is to fire teachers only weeks after 26,590 teachers were laid off due to budget cuts.

Now California’s budget crisis looks even more grim, and California’s education system prepares itself for another $3 billion dollars losses. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will suffer from another 8,000 layoffs before next year. On top of layoff woes comes word from yesterday’s Board of Education meeting that LAUSD teachers can expect class sizes to go up. “The high school class size would increase on average by two students, with many classes much larger,” explains an LA Times brief.

EM and vy are both slaves to the education-by-the-hour system at the moment, but we have high hopes of being contributing, salaried members of the U.S. educational mindforce. V wants to teach art- music of all things. There’s a good chance no one will ever pay her again to do that. M looks ahead to the effect that public education has on higher education, which even fewer will be able to afford now that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has suggested phasing out the CalGrant altogether.

The debate gets really interesting when EMvy gets into the debate over an urban mythology. Is there really a culture of poverty? What role does this perception of the children and families of the underserved and undereducated have on their opportunites for the future?

Grab a fork: Emvy Talks Education

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~ by Vy on May 27, 2009.

2 Responses to “Who’s Afraid of Budget Cuts? Emvy discusses Public Education”

  1. The perfect class size: 15-18 students.

    http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/site/c.kjJXJ5MPIwE/b.1533775/k.84C7/Key_lessons_Class_size_and_student_achievement.htm

    I think you said the avg LA county class size was around 33? So getting near double what would be best for students…

  2. So, I actually disagree on the budget thing for the police. As a public service task force, Not what they *can* (but not all are) turn into, which is bitchy, self-serving A-holes that either turn “justice” into their own description or a vengeful tactic, but the heart of what it is to have someone stand up for the people when they need it, is a worthwhile cause. I think if you group police with the fire department, you get a better serving-the-community feel. Anyways, that being said, they get money based off tax payer whims and most whims are to “save” the money, cut taxes, cut spending. I think police tend to be over-worked, underpaid and in a high stress position (much like teachers), and I think that if we treated ALL of these services as community resources and services (and included health care into the mix), that ALL need more money, to prevent the kind of crap that goes down, giving kids a better education, a home where guns don’t seem “safe”, where they don’t lose their house due to medical emergency (over half of the foreclosures in this country, before the current financial fiasco of over-lending, were preceded by/caused by a medical financial emergency).

    Now, I mean, if I’m driving and cop comes around, my heart nearly beats out of my chest, I never feel normal if I’m walking and a cop drives by, so I’m not saying I like the current state of police affairs, just that having people to call if I think I’m getting robbed is nice, etc.

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