Monday, February 12, 2007
CAN IT HAPPEN HERE? OR SHOULD IT?
Santa Ana, Calif., schools have cut 480 jobs since 2004 and $58 million from the budget because of declining enrollment in the (formerly) 53,000-student district. That's despite relatively low housing costs, a relatively high birth rate, and fast population growth in the county. The statistics are according to the February newsletter of the National Association of Christian Educators / Citizens for Excellence in Education, which is headquartered in nearby Costa Mesa.
So where are the kids going? Private schools and homeschools, the association says.
Could it happen in Nebraska? Or should it? Well, they say everything starts on the Left Coast, both good and bad. The shock of dwindling enrollment and accompanying resource fizzles would certainly get the attention of the public school bureaucracy -- that is, if it's not too late by then to fix the problems that are driving the kiddies away.
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