By Jackie Burrell
Friday, March 21st, 2008 at 11:31 am in Schools.
San Diego schools – and schools nationwide – are grappling with vaccine exempters, families who refuse to innoculate their children. Unvaccinated kids don’t just harm themselves, says this morning’s New York Times article, they “present a danger to children who have had their shots — the measles vaccine, for instance, is only 95 percent effective — and to those children too young to receive certain vaccines.” A sudden outbreak of measles in San Diego County last month saw 12 children come down with the nearly eradicated disease. Nine had not had the immunization because their parents objected, the other three were too young to have been immunized. Your thoughts?
Idaho schools have added a C to the Three R’s. Chess is now part of the second and third grade curriculum, a move even supporters say is unsupported by any kind of methodic study of the game’s benefits to education, but that will cost the Idaho legislature $200,000 to $600,000 in taxpayer dollars. That’s a lot of pawns.
Meanwhile in local headlines, layoffs and budget cuts continue their grim march through the East Bay’s educational terrain. For a chart of the impacts on local schools, click here. Student protests continue over layoffs in West County (more details on those cuts here) and the Acalanes district.
While in the Mt. Diablo School District, whose fiscal and administrative mishaps never cease to amaze us, district officials just announced that this year’s six rounds of budget cuts, including 145 layoffs, were based on financial figures riddled with inaccuracies. Once again, it’s trustees Gary Eberhart and Paul Strange stepping forward with the grim news and once more, they’re calling for superintendent GaryMcHenry’s resignation (See also: state auditors, flawed payroll system, unauthorized $5 million payout, et al.) You know, this is just a thought, but perhaps if fellow board members, Linda Mayo, Dick Allen and April Treece put down the red construction paper and lacy doilies for a moment, they could help their consistently outvoted colleagues provide the fiscal oversight for which they were all elected.