A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Saturday, July 11, 2009

And I thought summer would never begin for me...

but this is worse!
Summer break will finally start at two Southern California schools after the state rejected a district's plan to use summer sessions to make up for a potentially costly administrative error.

Officials at Chino Valley Unified School District said Friday they have ended the sparsely attended classes and are now depending on a state bill that could waive a $5 million penalty for not meeting the state requirement for school day hours.

Students had been attending extra classes since June 15 at Dickson Elementary in Chino and Rolling Ridge Elementary in Chino Hills. With grades already final, attendance dipped as low as 8 percent at Rolling Ridge.

The error occurred when administrators shortened bell schedules on 34 Fridays below the requirement of 180 minutes a day.

Well, it wasn't much of a program if attendance was voluntary, although it must have just stunk for the staff. I wonder what the people who made the error have learned?



At 7/11/09, 9:35 PM, Anonymous Kari said...

It was a district-level admin who made the error, and she was already planning to retire. She's gone now, and left a mess behind her.

A sad situation all around. Ugh.

At 7/11/09, 11:05 PM, Blogger Annikki said...

It doesn't even sound like they were lacking in that many minutes overall. Something like missing 5-10 minutes for 34 days?

At 7/14/09, 5:28 PM, Blogger Kate Nowak said...

The question is who was held ACCOUNTABLE? Administrators hate it when you turn that word back on them.

At 7/19/09, 6:11 PM, Blogger Janet said...

Wow, and it's an ELEMENTARY school, too? Ouch!


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