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Acalanes parcel tax gets a letter

By Jonathan Morales
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 12:35 pm in Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda, Schools.

The 5-year, $112 annual parcel tax the Acalanes Union School District is seeking will be Measure A on your May mail ballots, although if you prefer a wordier version you can still go with “Emergency Education Act of 2010.”

The district is looking at a $4.8 million budget gap and earlier this month approved a preliminary program reduction list that could mean the loss of nearly 57 teaching positions.

This afternoon, Superintendent John Stockton released a statement saying the district will be reducing the school day from seven periods to six and cutting back on some of the course options for the six-period day that remains.

While some people may see this as a return to a basic education structure of several decades past, many view this as the decimation of one of the most respected high school districts in the nation. Although it is natural for most of us to have cherished memories of our high school years, it is clear that a 20th Century education does not meet today’s needs. The mastery of complex academic standards with fewer and fewer resources is simply not possible.

You can read Stockton’s full statement, titled “Eliminating the Competitive Advantage,” here.

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