Wednesday, September 19, 2007

school district disparities

As a teacher-even a substitute teacher-who has worked in different school districts and in areas which vary greatly socio-economically, going to a school today which is obviously well funded by its tax base and local taxes, it was astonishing to see the difference between the level of local services available in this school in the Chaffey School District and my friendly local Rialto Unified. I love Rialto and perhaps even prefer it, having worked there the last 5.5 years. And I'm really not surprised by the quality of the school in Chaffey; ok, it was Los Osos High. Anyway, this is what high school should be. There should be sufficient amenities for students, an acceptable physical plant, and resources for teachers as they wish (at least within reason) also. And the teachers in Rialto do all they can. It's just...well, after registering with Chaffey in order to cut down on the length of my commute, it's just eye-opening to see know, functioning, adequate school and all the corresponding amenities. Today was the first day there. It was just....well, it felt like a college campus. I couldn't believe how well-behaved the students were. After working so long at Rialto, one is on edge a bit during class....I was nearly expecting flare-ups.....and they didn't happen. Again, this is not a reflection on the students in Rialto. They are born into the world in which they live. They don't shape it too much as youngsters. Stil an' all, it's just amazing to see such a well-appointed and adequately funded school and district...and of course the cruelest irony is that Rialto is only about 15 miles away (and of course there are other better schools between Chaffey and Rialto). Such a short distance, such major gaps in educational funding.


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