Re: Ltr. to WCCUSD, Dr. Johnston, Dr. Stewart re Elimination of ...
The reality is that our children are being murdered on the street. The
West County Times and Oakland Tribune cover the incidents when they
happen. Keith Maki, a high school freshman who graduated from Adams,
was the 110th homocide in Oakland last December.
When we hear about a child being shot on the evening news, the first
reaction is "please Lord, don't let it be one of ours." The reality is
that our kids deal with death and dying every single day.
For many, school becomes a sanctuary. That's why the secondary folks
are so upset about losing 50% of our site supervisors and our
counselors. We have many students who are eligible to attend college
and would receive grants to pay their way. The process of applying is
complicated (much more so than "back in the day" when we did it). How
is a kid whose parents never attended college going to figure it all
out? If you are a bright student with savvy parents, what clerks are
going to be left in the schools to send your paperwork off to UC
Berkeley in a timely fashion?
The parents keep telling the district to make the cuts away from the
classroom so that's what's happening. No clerks to handle your
paperwork for transfers to other district schools or for colleges. No
counselors to help poor families get the services they need. No
libraries open in most of our elementary schools (Kensington & Madera
will find a way to keep their libraries going strong; Peres & Verde
will continue to use Title I funding for their libraries. Losers are
the El Sobrante and Pinole schools).
--- In email@example.com, Aukena@a... wrote:
> WHAT??? When and where did these awful things happen???
> I am so sorry. This is horrific and certainly is another reason (as
> needed more) to keep counselors and anyone who will help our
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