Need school-tocareer funding

Here we go again, having to worry about school funding, even though the economy has improved and Sacramento has even more of our tax money.

One would think that state government would be better at distributing the money, since they have objected to local school districts keeping an emergency reserve over 5 percent, claiming they will keep us properly funded if they hold our reserves for us.

But funding continuity remains a major concern for school districts trying to provide consistently high quality programs. The state and county priorities continue to get met first, leaving the end-user in the red.

Take, for example, the proposed Los Angeles County Office of Education 2015-2016 budget, which is supposed to fund regional occupational programs and career technical education.

Instead of continuing promised funding as published in previous budgets, LACOE has decided to do a technology upgrade for administration purposes, and now has plans to use some of that money for their own purposes.

While surely tech upgrades are needed, the administration should not be a priority over continued funding for established and successful skills training programs.

With the current debacle, there are 23 school districts with 38,000 high school students, which will be effected by funding reductions of up to 60 percent. Those students currently enrolled in multi-year workforce training programs such as Web design, architectural drawing and media studies could lose valuable credits.

All ROP students completing preworkforce training in fields such as auto repair and culinary arts deserve to have their programs fully supported and funded, as promised in former LACOE budgets.

For us here in LVUSD, this will means a $1.5-million reduction in funds to our school budget if something doesn’t change by June 16, when LACOE will take its final vote.

Martha Fritz

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