Perkins students don't want cuts

Language arts students are fighting to keep their programs alive as voters ponder a tax levy on the May ballot.
Alissa Widman Neese
Mar 4, 2013

Students at Perkins High School show support of the district's language classes, specifically the French classes that may be cut next year because of budget problems. The school board plans to announce a final list of cuts at a meeting Wednesday night.

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What: Special Perkins school board meeting to discuss district cuts
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Perkins High School, room 805

 

Comments

mitchello

Interesting to see all levels of government using children in their propaganda. Makes one want to vote "no" even more often.

Lil DAB

Now that it's March, and you have paid your real estate taxes, did you notice an increase or decrease? Did you hear that faint slurping sound when some of your dollars were being gobbled up by an escalating, never-ending invoice that bills us for unnecessary bonuses for teachers with master’s degrees?

"Every year, American schools pay more than $8.6 billion in bonuses to teachers with master's degrees, even though the idea that a higher degree makes a teacher more effective has been mostly debunked."

I understand a Master's degree is required now. And several posts regarding school levys have shared websites to check administrative and teacher salaries. After doing so and seeing we the taxpayers pay very generous incomes for some of these 9 month a year positions, why would you want to pay additional taxes to "pad" that pocketbook even further? (While the 'padding' is taken away from yours.) There are no evaluations or accountability that the teacher is performing any better or proof that student achievement is on the rise?

The picture with this article says to me, wasted time making signs, gathering on the stairway, posing, chuckling to and from the classroom about getting out of their studies.
It's really NOT..."All About the Kid$!"

The New World Czar

Recent state school rankings show Perkins being "effective", in other words ranked second lowest in Erie County. Before moving anymore "forward", why not take a look at how open enrollment has diluted the quality of what was once an "excellent" system and modify that before you go trying to build an "academy"??? Sorry, Perkins isn't "all that" anymore!

bobshumway92

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The Hamburglar

You mean Ebonics, right?

FlyBoy86

+1, Good Sir.

rickross2

lol....I moderated myself. That was too hot for Sandusky Register

FlyBoy86

I'm taking bets!

10 to 1 that the levy passes.
6 to 5 that the levy fails by a margin of 60% or more.
3 to 1 that you can give the exact margin of failure.

Seriously, though. You have to put yourself in these kid's shoes. I remember being in high school during levy time. It's all we were spoon fed! "It's the voters fault for not supporting the school." If some kids were "rebellious" in regards to standing up for what's right, they would side with there parents.

Parents, here's what you tell you kids. "If this levy passes, I can't buy :::Insert latest hip trendy item here::: for you because that money is going towards school taxes." Easy enough.

The Hamburglar

It's too bad there's no illegal bookmaking going on at Excuses. Smitty could pay those fines off quick!

FlyBoy86

Where's Tony Soprano when you need him, eh?

The Hamburglar

Try the Greentree

nofufucat

Ask the kids themselves which unrequired courses they would cut. That would be the solution to the problem. If the school gets rid of french courses means there would be more kids taking spanish which would mean school would have to hire another spanish teacher so what's the point.

Lil DAB

VOTEZ NON SUR LE PRELEVEMENT ÉCOLE.

Cowboy

I know my German.....vote no for the school levy.

FunFunFun92

First off, there are about 180 students in the French program. Not counting the students at the middle school.
Second, the Perkins schools are putting in a World Language academy. This means the student's classes will be based off of world languages. If the French program is cut, what other languages would be taken aside from French? Only Spanish, although the 'academy' expects the student to have two language courses each year. Seems to be a dumb move on the school's part.
Many colleges don't accept only two years of a language, and for the students in the advanced levels they'd be left without a class to take the next year, unless by chance their college of choice will accept two years of differing languages.
It's not so much that they want you to vote yes, at least in my opinion, but it's that they want you to help try to get the French program off the 'chopping block' for the cut courses. There are many other things the school could cut to save money. I'm not voting yes on it either, but I am going to attempt in some way to keep the French program going. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. If you're already progressing in this program, why have to switch to a new one halfway through?

bobshumway92

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FunFunFun92

In the picture? None that I know of.
In the French program, I'm sure there's some as Perkins has a lot of open enrolment students.

Yellow Snow

Levy or no levy, every one is free to make or not make a tax deductible donation to the school of your choice. I don't see any line, only a district with outstretched hands.

bobshumway92

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Common Sense

Stop in at the board of education office sometime and take a look at the newsletter that shows that, among the schools of Erie County, we are ranked next to last in cost per pupil expenditures.

Trump

I suggest everyone read Ralph Roshong's letter in the Reader Forum of today's paper. In fact, everyone should cut it out and mail it to Dr. Gunner. If there was ever a well written piece that calls out the BOE and Dr. Gunner for the way they handled the money we the voters approved them to use, this letter is it. I was on the fence for how to vote on these latest levy proposals. Not anymore. I'm voting no and also pledge my support to any candidate that runs against the current board members and supports firing this Superintendent.

bobshumway92

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ilovedora101

For the record, no teachers involved with the foreign language department made these students take this picture for their own benefit. All of the students made the decision themselves to take the picture, and submit the article to the Sandusky Register. The French program at Perkins HS, was built up from the ground and it has been one of the premier programs that the school has to offer its students over the course of the past 16 years. Many students have even had the opportunity to travel to France and other countries throughout Europe. So many students have gone through this prestigious program and I for one hope that many future students are able to learn about the French language and culture, and life outside of the US.
Thank you for your consideration.

bobshumway92

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FunFunFun92

Once more, it's not telling you to vote yes, but to get your word out there that you'd like to see the French program running. As I said earlier, to get it off the chopping block. They'll cut something no matter if the levy passes or not. But we can change what gets cut. We have many unnecessary coaches, teachers, and equipment. We could cut those, and not just a program that could actually help people in the future. It's not right to punish the students for something they can't help.

FunFunFun92

Once more, it's not telling you to vote yes, but to get your word out there that you'd like to see the French program running. As I said earlier, to get it off the chopping block. They'll cut something no matter if the levy passes or not. But we can change what gets cut. We have many unnecessary coaches, teachers, and equipment. We could cut those, and not just a program that could actually help people in the future. It's not right to punish the students for something they can't help.

bobshumway92

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ilovedora101

Two Questions:
1. Why do you hate the French?
2. Where in my comment did I mention voting yes or no for the school levy?

Truth or Fiction

It took awhile to read through 70+ postings. There are a few things I would like to comment on.

- First, students are young adults and I believe we should show the same respect we expect from them.

-Second, If you have a problem with the BOE or the Administration, that is where it needs to be directed.

-Third, postings on this string directed at teachers is uncalled for. They are employed by the district but are not part of the decision making process.

Police, Fire, and Teachers serve the public this is true but that does not mean that we have a right to demean, ridicule, and attack them. Perkins has prided itself at being progressive with regard to education in the 21st century. Did our district get it right all the time - NO but it does have more wins than losses.

bobshumway92

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