California Schools’ Reliance on State Dollars Contributed to the Spending Gap
California schools, on the whole, rely on the state budget for a majority of their dollars. Moreover, the largest share of state General Fund spending supports K-12 education. The Legislature reduced overall General Fund spending from $103.0 billion in 2007-08 to $87.3 billion in 2009-10 – a drop of 15.3 percent – as policymakers responded to the dramatic decline in revenues caused by the most severe economic downturn since the 1930s.
As a parent I am tongue-tied that the LAUSD would ask us to find ways to save money. As my son is entering Middle School next year the need to find a good school is difficult. We looked at private schools costing in the thousands in contrast to those schools in very bad gang districts. This is the truth and the reality we face right now. We also looked at charter schools and magnet programs. This is what middle to low-income families are faced with. I was thrilled to find Enadia Way Elementary School two years ago. I think that Enadia Way Elementary School is a well-run and thrifty school as it is. I cannot image ways that they have not already thought of when achieving the goal of saving money.
After some reflection and with what I feel is thinking outside the box I have come up with one solution to save some money. I think if we integrate simplicity with modern technology LAUSD would shave lots of money.
If one goes back to the stories of Little House on the Prairie one can see that life was not easy then either. Money was tight. Items for school were simple yet effective. Here one would see baskets, mini-chalk boards and journals being used in the classroom.
Now we have the help of modern technology as a great source for learning in the classroom. What we have now is the internet and there are many wonderful learning sources that can be applied in the students’ curriculum to save money. If families cannot afford computers at home, all libraries have computers now and in most classrooms.
Using simplicity and modern technology is a great place to start the process of saving money for LAUSD.
1. Instead of using so much paper in the classroom. Have children purchase small usable chalk boards and chalk for math and writing when learning the basics. Thus replacing work books and the endless trail of paper worksheets. I know for a fact the books are a lot of money as well as the workbooks. That would save LAUSD lots of money.
2. A writing journal for students to use throughout the year. Students would use their journals for writing down their spelling, grammar and essays. A student then could process the things learned over the year.
4. Teachers could have the main lesson book. From Here all lessons could be copied on the board, on a mini-chalk board and/ or shared on the internet and printed out at home or at the library.
5. Recycle all used homework and or excess paper through a shredder for art projects. Paper Mache projects are creative and fun.
6. Help schools to become network savvy for teachers and the students to communicate. This includes lessons, emails and blogging.
These are just some ideas of simplicity with modern technology that can be applied for the time is now!!
Children! Can any of you spell “compassion”? Can any of you spell “understanding”? Will any of you tell us the meaning of these words? –Caroline, Little House on the Prairie
Five Generations of the snake
That leads to the sea
Today I took that snake
To the sea
The smell of the salt
To grandmother’s house
The Hippies, incense and candles
As they hitchhiked to their utopia
The lonelier days of hitching rides
High as a kite on the road
The old VW bug
Where I nearly died after
Coming home from the snake
Body separating from its chasey
On Dumetz and Canoga
Hey ho with the Red Hot Chili Peppers
As we drive the
Labyrinth of pacific coast highway
Side streets viewing the vast pacific ocean
Listening to 1979[i] form the 1990’s
On the CD
But now making
Memories with my son
Cause we like to party[ii]
On the long snake
Garage sales and antiques
And our first sporting view of
The wild purple lupine of spring.
[i] The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
[ii] Bas Ass Mother Fuckers Band
The Snake is the wild Topanga Canyon BLVD CA.
My kids like the Smashing Pumpkins… I use to throw pumpkins at the the band… yet it is a strange truth to this story… that does describe that early time… 1979… to the young nobody punks that no one fucking cared about… !! I remember you all…
This is an honest and open book about all women’s unique bodies. Photographer Rosanne Olson brings a collection of images of women and their bodies. Her books includes women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Each image takes on the personality of what one woman has to express about her life and unique body. The most inspirational quotes strike a chord of familiarity.
As 38-year-old Faye reflects, “A favorite uncle of mine who disagrees with my tattoos likes to say that the body is a temple. I reply that my tattoos are the stained glass of my temple.”
Another woman Silja who is 35 says, “I believe the advertising industry has done more to damage women’s self-concepts, happiness, and body image than almost anything else, including pornography and parental and peer influence. Music videos seem to run a close second.”
The point being, you will find a woman to identify with in Olson’s graceful and revealing masterwork.
In the continuity of Praying Mantis the little ones have returned. Every year now, for over 10 years, I have witnessed the many tiny mantis on my fence in the back yard. This tells me that Big Mama mantis laid her egg sac successfully last Autumn . Her death is renewed. For me the praying mantis represents the process life, death and rebirth. A continues process of being. This is my connection to life and nature. I apply this to all aspects of myself and the world around me.
We took a guided tour of the Mount Wilson Observatory last weekend. If you have nothing to do, I recommend it. Here is a map that will take you there. http://www.mtwilson.edu/vis/map.pdf.
You will learn a great deal through the art of oral tradition as you listen to the tour guide and walk a bit. I myself study both Astrology and Astronomy. The history of discoveries made here is interesting., such as the Andromeda galaxy. I was amazed at the politics that went into the process of creating this Observatory. George Ellery Hale is the individual that birthed this place into existence. One person can really make a big difference.
Tuesday at The Scotland Yard Pub there are records turning, live bands, great beer and friends…. just look them up on Facebook and have some fun! Everything is free except the beer and wine but that is nicely priced!!
The vessel of spiritual transformation
In the writing of Poimandres (a pagan gnostic) the Krater was a vessel filled with the spirit, which the creator-god sent down to earth so that those who strove for higher consciousness might be baptized in it. It was a kind of uterus of spiritual renewal and rebirth and corresponded to the alchemical vase in which transformation of substances took place. The parallel to this in Carl Jung’s psychology is the inner transformation process known as individuation.
I have a little book that I wrote the above quote in some thirty years ago. This quote came to mind upon seeing this Krater at the Getty Museum. Funny after all these years that this quote and this vase or vessel come together. It is something that I have consciously been alerted too. This is synchronicity learning that has a life of its own. In all I feel quite happy.