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San Diego School Year To End One Week Early Next Year

The traditional school year in the San Diego Unified School District will end one week earlier in June next year due to teacher furloughs.

That means parents will have to tack-on an extra five days to their child daycare plans in the summer.

The district plans to save money next year by requiring all teachers take five furlough days. That means teachers won't get paid for an entire week and students will have less class time.

The San Diego Education Association, San Diego Unified’s teachers union, determined those days be placed at the end of the school year.

Union president Camille Zombro says ending the school year early was the best option.

She says other districts are also wrestling with where to place teacher furlough days. Zombro says some believe they should come at more obvious times in the school year.

“That way the public and parents really get it and really have to feel what we feel but our members wanted (the furloughs) to have the least impact,” Zombro said.

Students who attend year-round schools in San Diego Unified will have will have a full-week off in April. They'll also have a four-day weekend toward the end of the school year.

Zombro says deep budget cuts are translating into big loses in the classroom.

“This generation is going to have less contact time with their teachers. They're going to have less instruction provided to them than the kids who came before them. And that's really unfortunate.”

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Avatar for user 'BobRooney'

BobRooney | May 25, 2010 at 6:42 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Second Part.

CHEAP LABOR? Isn't that what the whole immigration issue is about?

Business doesn't want to pay a decent wage.
Consumers don't want expensive produce.
Government will tell you Americans don't want the jobs.

But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase "cheap labor" is a myth, a farce, and a lie. There is no such
thing as "cheap labor."

Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes
a job for $5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax, yet at the end
of the year, if he files an Income Tax Return, he
gets an "earned income credit" of up to $3,200
free.

He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent.
He qualifies for food stamps.
He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health
care.
His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school.
He requires bilingual teachers and books.
He qualifies for relief from high energy bills.
If they are, or become, aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI. If qualified for SSI they can qualify
for Medicaid. All of this is at (our) taxpayer's expense.

He doesn't worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance.

Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed
material.

He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits.

Working Americans
are lucky to have $5.00 or $6..00/hour left after paying their bills and his.

Cheap labor? NO IT'S NOT!

THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS WE SHOULD BE ADDRESSING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS
OF EITHER PARTY. 'AND WHEN THEY LIE TO US AND DON'T DO AS THEY SAY, WE SHOULD
REPLACE THEM .

Please pass this on to as many as possible.

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Avatar for user 'BobRooney'

BobRooney | May 25, 2010 at 6:47 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute
to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like
to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration
and see the TRUE costs.
Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime,
lower standards of education in our schools,
overcrowding, new diseases. For me, I'll pay more for tomatoes.

Americans, We need to wake up.

It does, however, have everything to do with culture: It involves an American
third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting
pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses to assimilate, and
an American culture that has become so weak and worried about"political correctness" that we don't have the
will to do anything about it.

If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward this to everyone
you know.

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Avatar for user 'BobRooney'

BobRooney | May 25, 2010 at 6:49 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Please, please read this. I know from experience that some parts are honest truth. I hope you pass it on. ML

Cheap Tomatoes

THIS HAS GOT TO BE PASSED ALONG TO AS MANY AS POSSIBLE OR WE WILL ALL GO DOWN THE DRAIN BECAUSE A FEW DON'T CARE.

This English teacher has phrased it
the best I've seen yet.
Tomatoes and Cheap Labor

CHEAP TOMATOES?
This should make everyone think, be you're Democrat, Republican or Independent

>>From a California school teacher - - -

"As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration,
there are some things that you should be aware of:

I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern
California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its
students average lower socioeconomic and income levels

Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens ,
Huntington Park , etc., where these students are protesting, are also Title 1
schools.

Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll --
but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott
proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten.

I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately
overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones. The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience
of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.

I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing
funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying
new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later,
have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel
humbled and grateful to have a free education in America ..

I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose
classes consist of many illegal immigrant students, here in the country less then
3 months, who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them "Putas"((inappropriate term)) and throwing things, that the teachers were in tears.

Free medical, free education, free food, free day care etc., etc, etc. Is
it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand
rights, privileges and entitlements?

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maryinsd | May 25, 2010 at 1:50 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Back on topic... (although you make many excellent points BobRooney!).
I find it interesting that they cut only the traditional school year and not the modified year-round schedule. It's bad enough that they the days they close to cut are days with staff/student contact. Lazy, sneaky union leadership and membership.
What I'm told is that they tacked 3 days onto our already long spring break and "gave" the students a 4-day weekend in June 2011. The students still get out July 21, 2011.

Also more bad news; I also heard that Camille Zombro & Co. plan to start the fall 2011 semester in mid-August, instead of the traditional day after Labor Day start.
Who the hell does she represent? Is there no dissent? I guess not... the spineless union rank & file teachers don't dare defy Camille.
Off with her head! (It's a literary phrase, not a literal request...).

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