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February 28th, 2010
05:06 PM ET

Has the Recession Hit Your School?

Utah's government is considering making high school senior year optional.  Some systems in Georgia are thinking of going to a four-day school week; other districts in America are canceling bus routes or charging a bus fee.  And teachers nationwide are being furloughed, meaning they're forced to take some days off without pay.

It's all because of the recession.  States have less money to give to schools, so schools are cutting programs, classes and activities to make do with the money they do have.  What we'd like to know is whether you've seen any of this:  Have you had field trips canceled?  Are your classes getting bigger?  What kind of toll has the economy taken on your school?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. nichole

    Nothings really happened yet at my school, but I'm not sure if I wan't school year round. -Nichole

    February 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  2. Chris

    It has affected our school district, they are having to make buget cuts. I haven't seen it in the schools yet

    February 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  3. Amy

    I just lost my job as a Broadcast Video Production teacher. More students are taking AP classes requiring more core subject teachers to be hired. Also, the IE2 program, which allows seniors to take only the classes required to graduate and then go home early, has crippled my numbers. Students will always choose to go home early instead of staying at school for an unnecessary class – no matter how much fun it is. Regardless of the time and effort I put into my job outside of the classroom (sporting and other events, drama, school store and elective promos), they can't have a full-time position for me. The economy has successfully added another digit to the unemployment rate, and another teacher to the poor house.

    February 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  4. laura

    i think that there should be a year of high school

    February 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  5. Lulu

    My mom works at a school in our district and she's told me that our county is considering a four-day school week. They've also considered starting back school later because we don't have alot of revenue. Though, since we live in Georgia, when we've had days called for flash floods and snow, our county took those days as furlough days. I still expect more drastic changes to our school system this year and next. I just hope that they're for the better.

    February 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
  6. Abby

    My school in MA is good school. We have classes of about twenty, which I think is a little big. Also, the price for lunch went up 50 cents. We have more and more bake sales lately, but most of the money goes to charity. However, the newspaper says our town is 1 million dollars behind plan. We take half days once a month, which for us is fun, but might be a cost saving plan. For now, we have to take what we got and live with it.

    February 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Our school has taken to the recession badly. For band, our district was going to take us out of playoffs, because they didn't have the money to feed everyone. Also, our school doesn't even have enough money for lockers and are making students give their's up for freshman! Money is scarce, but the school's are so desperate for cash they are taking everything fun out of school..even though there really isn't anything in the first place.

    February 28, 2010 at 9:46 pm |
  8. Grace

    Our school is extremely lucky, we haven't faced cutting of programs or any loss of teachers. I'm very glad because I love our school the way it is, and I wouldn't want it to change for anything.

    February 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    It's a tradition in my family for everyone to attend the same school, but due to the recession all the buses are being eliminated. My younger brother has to attend a different school. He's the first in several years to break the chain.

    February 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
  10. Ralph

    I don't know if the recession has anything to do with this but our school district has changed our class schedules from my sophomore to my junior year and will do it again for my senior year. They, my school district first started with a four by four class schedule, where we had eight classes and we attend four on one day and the other four the next, while i was a freshmen and a sophomore then switched it to where it was a five by five class schedule this year as a junior. Now, as we start to plan our schedules for my senior year, we are going back to our original four by four with a twist, we go to all eight classes on Friday but half the time (from 90 minutes a class to 45 minutes).

    February 28, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  11. Hopps

    Our school got a little money from the stimulus bill to get 2 new buses. Our school just passed a referendum so our school will get 4 million to remodel. How ever my class as now combined.

    February 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
  12. KEVIN

    My school has a small change in providing glues, scissors, pencils.
    They stopped providing school supplies.
    They also look opaque whether keep running school buses :):):)

    March 1, 2010 at 12:24 am |
  13. Aramis

    In my school teachers have been teaching more kinds of classes than what they might've been trained for. Our classes are also getting larger to where sometimes there isn't enough seats for all the students.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:19 am |
  14. Mia

    I think it's ridiculous that schools have to put up with all the budget cuts. As Americans, education should be one of our top priorities for the next generation, but instead we are spending billions on war and weapons. America should take a step back and rethink our values.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  15. thomas

    i've seen class sizes increasin definatly and i think other changes are on the way.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:33 am |
  16. Lindsay

    Schools have less money, and my school was still voting if they were going to cut out the...orchestra, and other activities.

    March 1, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  17. Philip

    the recession is a pretty big thing all over the country but it hasent really hit my school yet although i hope it doesnt.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  18. Sheryl

    So far, we have not had any field trips cancelled because the weather is pretty fine here...! My classess are getting any bigger either! Even though the economy isn't the best now, there is no impact on our school! it is better than ever!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  19. Gayathri

    I haven't seeen any fields trip getting cancled or our classes getting bigger, but i think that may happen because other schools near our area are staring to cut things down because of the recession.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  20. Curtis

    well my school has a lot of trips and stuff

    March 1, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  21. Shiraz

    I havent had any fieldtrips canceled, my class is not getting bigger than usual, and nothing has really changed in my school because of the economy.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  22. Joyce

    no none of this stuff has happened to us yet and i hope it never does be if we cut off a day of school we students wont learn as much as we used to.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  23. michelle

    no. i have not seen any changes in my school caused by the recession. I'm sure it has effected my school, they have just done a good job at trying to keep our school the same as it was before the recession.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  24. Anthony

    From what I can tell, no our school hasn't (Knock on wood). We have been adding one or two kids to classes, but that is because we are growing. Honestly, I can say that I think it really hasn't had any seeable effects.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  25. mike

    i havent really seen anything

    March 1, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  26. Cindy

    I do not feel like my school's been that effected. Everything is normal.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  27. Melby

    WEll, our class trips havent been canceled but i do believe states are having less money to give schools programs, classes and activities. And cutting high school senior year is so UNFAIR to the students. Are classes are getting bigger but and decreasing. FiX THE ECONOMY!!

    March 1, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  28. colin

    No, i dont think thatour school classes have got bigger and our field trips have not get canceled although, i think this may happen later on because of Recession hitting my school because there are alot of other school around my area that are cutting back.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  29. Bincy

    So far nothing has happened in our school and i hope it dosen't. When the economy is going down it is hurting many things and it has to be fixed so schools can gain back all their normal ways. It's going to make many things harder for people because kids are going to have a less of an education. Also teachers won't get the monet they deserve for teaching.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  30. Melodie

    Well my classes are getting bigger. When i was in like 3rd grade, i only had like 19 kids in my class but now i almost have at least 25 or 30. I would love it if the schools changed it to a 4 day week and I think that prices are getting much more expensive than last year.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  31. Ashley

    In my school not many changes have begun to occur. There may have been some small changes but they were almost unoticable.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  32. Stephen

    The recession has hit my school hard. though we have more students, classes have become more expensiveand we have cut the feild trips in half from 4 a year to 2 a year.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  33. Jenna

    I don't remember a time when we've had a fieldtrip canceled, unless the weather conditions were too harsh. Although, every year I see more and more students pile in. This is why the other school is being upgraded. I haven't noticed any big changes, but I'm worried that I might be seeing some sooner or later.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  34. Benny

    We've had prices of trips go up, but other than that, nothing too major.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  35. Rachel

    So far nothing has happened to our school. I hope nothing will. My class is a normal size. Field trips are never canceled, unless there is a snow day. I think we are doing great. So far, I hope nothing is happening, or will happen.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  36. Kate

    The recession hasn't hit my school as far as I know. None of our field trips have been canceled, the only classes getting bigger are AT classes (academicly talented) and thats a good thing, and all our buses still drive kids. I haven't felt the recession, but maybe thats just because I live in a "rich" district.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  37. shane

    i think it is a good thing to go to a four day week because it would mean that we would get out of are school year earlier than usual. if we do go to four day weeks it would me that we would have to go to school about an hour longer which i dont mind

    March 1, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  38. Kolten

    Nothing really has happened here in [my town in] Wyoming...then again Wyoming is always the last in everything to do with education so maybe we still have something coming....

    March 1, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  39. Ellen

    The recession has hit our school only because it has hit our state and our community. It's a small community (300 or less) and once people starting losing their jobs, the less they could help support our school. The only change I've seen isn't programs being cut but things like one less sponsor going on field trips or instead of staying over night on a sports trip we come home late that night.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  40. Caleb

    I've seen a lot of stuff around the country, but there are also some areas that haven't been drastically affected. What about the areas that were doing fine before and are doing fine now? It seems to fall under the catagory "It's not broke, so don't fix it."

    March 1, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  41. Swaraj

    Hi,I am from new Mexico. I think our school is not affected by recession.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  42. Jacob

    I am upset because our school has not been affected so we still have to attend school normally.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  43. Dean

    Well, I think that our school is way better off than some other schools in the country. I don't think they have had to lay off staff here. But classes are getting bigger..

    March 1, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  44. sam

    yes we have bad food choices and bad teachers... they must not pay them enough because theu are really meen

    March 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  45. dale

    yes big time i dont know if the food is suposed to br healthy or if it is cheaper

    March 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  46. phil

    The economy has hit my school. It makes me very sad because my math teacher...got cut. we don't have any more field trips either. Our lunch is terrible it's not even cooked...

    March 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  47. Alexes

    Yes & no Because we just got a new middle school but they are saying that they need to cut some teachers. So i guess it has but in a small way.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  48. dale

    yes big time i dont know if the food is suposed to be healthy or if it is cheaper

    March 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  49. sAmm

    we have less field trips. we have bigger classes.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  50. Alysa

    It hasnt hit our school yet but i can tell it will by next year, But maybe we will be lucky!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  51. Spencer

    I dont think it hit our school yet. We got new labtops, maybe so we dont have to buy textbooks anymore.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  52. DAVID

    Are school got laptops but obs and feild trip money have been cut.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  53. Quintessia

    Yes. Our Superintendent had to cut 3.5 million dollars from our budget for next year. Some teachers won't be coming back.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  54. lara

    it doesn't make any sense. if you are having a problem with money stop going out to eat but don't stop your senior year. i may be wrong but without the credit of having a senior year your college bill would go up.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  55. Tyler

    Yes, I know my school's feild trip budget has been cut. We are about to take our first field trip for everyone this year. However we do get to use cool laptops.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  56. Samuel

    I've noticed that we have been getting a few students from time to time. But we're just now getting a field trip. Thank the Lord that the economy slowly but surely is getting they're rearends behind them.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  57. Troy

    Yes and no my school has many jobs but is still poor. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We can finally afford perssonal computers.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  58. sebela

    We have heard that in our district that summer school will be cut in half. Some students are worried that they will not receive their full eduction, others are more worried about not being able to get their lunch. In general extra curricular activities are probably going to get cut.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  59. daniel

    no but i wouldnt want to leave high school a year early.if you go the whole time you will be smarter.you would know alot more when you go to college

    March 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  60. Jenna

    I think that it's cool that Utah wants to give students their senior year off. For most students at my school, senior year is boring and just a waste of time. We could get things all done by junior year.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  61. mae

    no, and schools shoulded be cut back on days of edutaction

    March 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  62. Amy

    Well it's optional! It's no different, except that the really academic people can graduate early.... what's wrong with graduating early? Those of us who need twelfth grade, can take it.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  63. Daphne

    I am a student in Utah and I definitely DON'T think we should get rid of 12th grade. We need education! I haven't specifically noticed any cuts in pay or anything.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  64. Chandler

    I'm a student from Utah, and I don't like the plan of making high school senior year optional. If students want to get a good job, like a movie director or an author, maybe a teacher, they will need a lot of schooling so they have the right, and enough of education to get that job. Without high school, they won't have enough education, and maybe not the right kind of it.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  65. Topgun

    I think having your senior year in high school optional is a good idea because people can make the decision to graduate early to get a scholarship, go to college, and get a good job to help their family.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  66. Talmage

    I am from utah and i really think that we need 12 grade. If we don"t have it then people will be less smart and it would affect the world a lot because people still need that education.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  67. Azure

    Let me just say that right now that i currently live in utah and i am a student. But making 12 grade optional would be a very bad dessicion because we need education to succeed in are future and it is curtail to have one for such things as jobs collages and such. Without that grade you could possibly put your self down for things in the future. So without doing that 12th grade there could be a lot of problems

    March 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  68. josh

    Kids should not be required because it can be there choice to do so or not. It would be hard on peoples lives because people would be working and there would be not enough jobs, plus it is not really required because we can just like drop off and work in so place

    March 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  69. Megan

    I am a student from utah. Getting ride of 12th grade is a bad idea.thats senior year... the best year of all. 12th grade is the last year of grade school. It is okay to go in to debt they are the next generation the less school the less smart these students are. they are learning more that is another 180 days. Why get ride of 12th grade?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  70. John

    Hey what's up its John. i think the that we should have 12th grade and better learning thinks faster!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  71. Josh

    I'm from Utah and don't like the sound of this idea. I think that there should be a twelth grade because kids are already needing more school, why cut out a year of school? Students try to benifit to society, and I think that by cutting out a grade we will be bringing the job loss up by some, and do we want to be in dept, or have a bad society.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  72. Nate

    I am a student from Utah and I think that making 12th grade an option is not a good idea. In our world today we have too many menaces to society. A matter a fact we should add a 13th grade. Its okay to go in debt for schooling it will end up helping the economy in the long run, if our students our getting a longer and better education than they will get better jobs, than spend more money and before we know it BAM the economy is fixed simple as that!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  73. Brandon

    I think 12th grade should stay, because we need all the smart people we can get. If we cut out 12th grade, that's just another grade we're missing and the less people learn. If we're going to cut out 12th grade, we might as well cut out first grade, or second grade. The more we drop out, the less people learn, and the more people lose their jobs, because they're not smart enough.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  74. Joshua

    I just moved from Michigan into Utah and I noticed a big change in the schools. For one thing, the standard...math was one level behind Michigan's. Another thing was that Utah does a lot less field trips and now they want to shorten our years of school by one?
    this will cause kids to make a stupid decision at this age that they will regret later in life.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  75. Zach

    We have changed our field trip scedual because of weather. Is that cocidered RECESSION????????????????

    March 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  76. Darby

    ...I am strongly opposed to altering the currant grade system in schools, our representatives should be focusing on helping utah schools become a better system, not a cheaper one. In my personal experience, cheaper things tend to fall apart faster. Sure, we do need to save money, but isn't the most reasonable way to save money to stop spending where it doesn't matter( like the bailouts and stimulus), and make every dollar spent count. Where are all the bailouts REALLY going? All those millions of dollars that the government wasted have had no good effect, and now the government wants to actually save money by taking away the keystone of America's future?! No, I don't think so... if you want to start saving money, start by lowering the amount of congress's salary, not by strangling the schools. I want to be able to go to school, work hard, and earn college credits IN HIGH SCHOOL! I just want to let my state's legislature know that I don't agree with what they are doing here, and I will hold them accountable when I am able to vote. They have a choice to make: listen to my voice and get re-elected or ignore this "girl who doesn't know what is good for her" and NOT get re-elected. Even though it may not seem like we as the younger generation care, we do, and you will hear from us... so you better make sure you are serving the people and not the other way around.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  77. David

    I think the recession has hit our school in the littlest ways like when you ask to borrow a teachers pencil they used to say oh sure but know they either say no or give it back at the end of class

    March 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  78. Eric

    I believe that the financial difficulties caused by the "Great Recession" will lead to very necessary reforms in the world of education. Many times we associate more spending with better education. This may be a big mistake. Also, why do we spend 3 months in a row out of school during the summer? This is done because it is the status quo, not because it is beneficial to students. It most certainly is not.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  79. Kiera

    Yes, I believe the recession has hit my school. We have cut back on many things. We already have 4 day school weeks every other week. I think its nice to have a day off every once in a while.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  80. Jenna

    no i dont think the recession has hit our school yet because we dont have 4 day weeks. and nobody that i know of has graduated as a junior. i

    March 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  81. jesse

    i have not been to a field trip in like 2 years and my classes are kind of small any way and it has econmy a lot.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  82. Ceirra

    I think that you should be able to graduate early because then you can get started on you life carer faster. I think we should go to the Four day school week cause we can save money for lunch and gas money for buses, then we can do more activities.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  83. Rheanna

    i do not think that a optional senior year in Utah is a good idea because then there is that much more students have to learn in 3 years. A four day week i think is a good idea because it will save some money on gas for buses and other everyday things for school.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  84. Rusty

    I think having a four day school week wouldn't be beneficial to the students, even if it would be for financial purposes. Not as many school days would cram more work into a smaller amount of time. Also, if they changed our school week we would have more problems getting used to the change.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  85. Briana

    i think that they should let us graduate a year early so we can live our lives more than if we graduated later. if we can learn everything that we need to learn in the three years of high school then we don't need to send people to school for no reason they would just sit in school for a year and not be in collage or be at your job making money.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  86. Trilby

    Our school has considered going to a four day week but they have not followed through with it. I think that this would be a good idea, but a bus fee or no buses would probably just make parents mad which could lead to losing money.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  87. Liz

    I think it is a good idea to get done with school sooner. So all we have to do is get all the work done then you can be done.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  88. Joey

    Our school has been considering going to a four day week to cut costs. I would have no problem with this even if it did make school days longer. Other than that than my school hasn't been affected as far as I know.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  89. Billy

    I think the recession has hit our school because our school has thought about 4 day weeks. We have low costing lunches, I do think in small schools that if the juniors graduate that it will save money. Schools wouldn't have costs to support lunches and fund classes.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  90. Sariah

    Yes, the recession has hit my school. We have considered moving to a four day week and cutting electives. Also cutting teachers and substitutes.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  91. Aaron

    Hey our school is thinking about the four day school week because for some reason all the money went some were and yea. I think it would be awesome cause school for 4 days instead of 5 days is awesome that means i can sleep in more and have more days to work for my boss. Carl you should post this on the blog...
    (lol)

    March 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  92. Billy

    No, Our school is not being effected by the recession because we have computers for all the high school students, even though we have a small school.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  93. Billy

    yes

    March 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  94. Zachary

    I've seen the price for lunch go up. I have seen more fundraisers, I've seen a lot of stuff. but, the thing in Utah is 50-50. I think that you must have at least a 3.40 GPA, or have an academic scholarship by a certain deadline to be exempt from senior year.The other part of me says "Waaaah, No!! the senior year is the best part of it. But, it is the student's choice, if they fit the reeqiurement

    March 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  95. Brianna

    I have never seen this, my field trips have not been canceled and I am not sure what economy has taken over our school.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  96. Erika

    I don't think there is much of a chance that our high school will have an optional choice of senior year. I haven't heard or seen changes of anything here. But I guess there is an even chance that our school will have an optional senior year. Anything can happen with or without warning

    March 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  97. carl

    our...felid trip was canceled and i was looking forward to it. i am sick of this recession please someone just stop !!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  98. Josh

    I think that Utah should make kids go to school because when we have smarter people we have people who can fix the ecomomy and then Utah would have made that optional year for nothing. We haven't had any field trips canceled but I am starting to think that we are having less than last year. My class isn't getting any bigger but one of the [other] classes has had two more people in one month! I think that the economy is effecting my school but I think that it is effecting other schools more than mine.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  99. mr. sebela

    One student noticed that we have less pencils and a lot less field trips. Some bus routes have been eliminated and summer school will only be 3 weeks long. Another student said that he noticed that the food quality has dropped in school lunches. One student noticed that teachers at our school are driving cheaper cars because they cannot afford new ones. Dang budget.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  100. Brenna

    Programs, teachers, bus routes, you name it and it can be cut.
    Class sizes have gotten fairly larger and we are starting to complain about the lack of field trips this year. I hope we come out of this recession soon.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  101. Maria

    If they make the senior year optional, that will only make it harder for kids to get in to college and get good jobs, which will make things worse for the future of America.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  102. Stella

    I don't think any school year should be optional. Especially not your senior year. The thing about a 4 day week of school would be awesome but i don't think it will help me in the long run.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  103. Ella

    I think that it's rather not fair I come from a well brought up family but really limiting and taking away extra learning days is not far to those who care like me.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  104. Danielle

    I think that this is a rather unfavorable idea. I say this because my school is prohibiting anyone from going on fieldtrips after febuary because it costs to much money.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  105. Nicole

    At our school we have to make less less copy's. I still think that we should have five day school days, and have a senior year. Our school is also canceling bus services. We only have buses for field trips.This recession is really herting our economy!

    March 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  106. Megan

    Our school is having to take furlough because our school is having a tough time with the buget cuts !!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
  107. Bradley

    I know! My school is making "in school field trips"!

    March 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  108. Erick

    no this has not,but i am sure this will affect other middle schools

    March 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
  109. Jaxson

    The resescion has not affected my school,we are planning a ski trip, point blank the resescion has not affected us

    March 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  110. Brandy

    Recession has hit my school. Last year we took at least 3 field trips a year. This yar we have only taken 1. They are planning another one but I do not know how that will work since it is all the way to the zoo. Like that will ever happen because studdents will have to pay for everything practically. I agree with Nicole they recession is really hurting our economy!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm |
  111. Sally

    In my school district there taking away all specils in the elmentery school and closing on there alos are taking away all the specials expect for health and p.e for juioner high school i'am sick of this

    March 1, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
  112. Krystina

    My school is still doing field trips but they are for an individual class or activity. Even though there is no recession toward my area, I still feel for others who are going through recession... Only having 4 days of school a week is a terrible idea because that cuts back on the learning time that students have. The 4 day school week means more school because of the days lost.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm |
  113. Louis

    Nothing extremely shocking has happened at my district, but the school libraries have had their funding cut, most of our classrooms are packed, and I'm pretty sure we get fewer field trips.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
  114. Sydney

    My school has been affected by the recession but it has not dramatically changed. People are doing smaller changes that probably add up. For example, teachers are now trying to print out fewer copies of assignments and asking that you print (at home) or read them on their online school web sites.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm |
  115. Anonymous

    yes it has

    March 1, 2010 at 9:33 pm |
  116. Anonymous

    At my school i have noticed my classes are getting much bigger first it was like 23 then now it is almost around 29 so my classes are getting much bigger.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm |
  117. Palmer

    It has really affected our shcool. We are cutting music and one of our teachers are being cut. All of these are in affect by nexy year.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  118. phill

    It is not hitting or school now, but it will in the near future.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  119. petter

    the impact on our school is really bad. We are losing a lot of opportunities.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  120. Dick

    The economy has definately affected most schools. I know that my school NEVER goes on field trips, but this week we have our first field trip! (I have been at my school for 3 years) This may be a sign of the economy improving.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  121. Dakota

    Yes, are school cannot get computer for our school so are boster have to get them for us

    March 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  122. Carter

    I have mixed feelings about the idea, I think it might get more people focused on graduating earlier so they study harder and get good grades, but than it would make people start taking more electives earlier in their high school year.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
  123. Garrett

    Our school has been hit hard!!! We have had to drop the teachers annual salary for more money for the school!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 12:06 am |
  124. Gustavo

    Yes. The recession has been felt around the district. Many of the fun elective classes have been removed. Such as French and engineering. Hopefully the economy will get back up on their feet and the government can stop taking money out of what really matters, our education.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:15 am |
  125. Austin

    My school is rocking all the way by recyling papers and then use less of the papers as we can. By using one paper, we need to pay 50 cents. I think that is a great idea

    March 2, 2010 at 12:41 am |
  126. Austin

    we have 29 or 28 in per class but that is a small amount of kids

    March 2, 2010 at 12:43 am |
  127. Alann

    it has kind of hit it! and it is affecting us because it is harder to make up credits that we have lost because they are cutting summer school!

    March 2, 2010 at 1:13 am |
  128. Jacob

    I believe that this problem has in many ways affected my school. For one thing a lot of teachers were let off. Dropping these good teachers robs us of a good education. Another way is the fact that our money is nil. Everything we have, we have to fundraise for in order just to pay the dwindling teachers with more students.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:01 am |
  129. Nicole

    I think that recession has not hit our school but i think it will soon!

    March 2, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  130. Brianna

    There are advantages and disadvantages to a senior year. Everyone says that it's the best year of your life and you should enjoy it. Not having one would be like missing out. But we already have everything we need to move on to college why should we waste a year here doing nothing? I seems almost pointless. As of right now, I don't believe the recession has hit our school. We don't take many field trips as it is so it's not like it's a big deal if they cut back anyway.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  131. Katelynn

    Our school hasnt faced any of this to my knowing. Its possible that it could happen. I wouldnt want school year round. nor would i want to give up my senior year because its supposed one of the best years of your life. I want to get outta high school but i still want to have my senior year.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  132. Tyler

    i think that if you have enough credits or have taken all of the main core classes that you should be able to end school early

    March 2, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  133. Joe

    Nope

    March 2, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  134. Mike

    No it hasn't hit our school. Also there is no point in making senior year optional.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  135. janiia

    the recession hasn't hit my school hard, but it has enough. certain things i feel that we should have are not available which makes it harder on the students.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  136. Gabby

    I think it should be optional because not all students want to stay for that long. It should be their choice to be reasponsible enough to go. This can also help students to learn to make the right choice. This choice will give them responsibilty.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  137. Kaylee

    No, hopefully, I won;t have to see any of this!

    March 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  138. Luke

    Nothing really has happened to my school at least now but i am pretty sure something will

    March 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  139. megan

    my school hasnt seen any of this.they havent cut back in anything.but i think they shouldnt take away 12th grade its the best year ever!

    March 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  140. rhea

    The recession has not yet affected our school, but we are on the brink of getting sucked in the dark depths of the recession

    March 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  141. Misha

    my school has canceled field trips when the weather was bad or something happenned.My schools classes are getting bigger because our middle school has 4,5,6,7,and 8 grade.but next year 4 and 5 are going to elementry school.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  142. sam

    my school is having much less feild trips. we are even having to pay for entry for events.this is changing my shool life. this is going to far.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  143. joey

    yes it has hit my school we have cut down to about 2 feild trips a year instead of like 5

    March 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  144. Gabby

    Yes it has. In my school the field trips costs have gotten more costly. Also, instead of 4-6 trips a year there are know 1-3. Certain activities stopped. Others became much more costly.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  145. Kate

    I think so. there are less feild trips and more activities and fund rasors.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  146. Emily

    Yes, the recession has hit my school. 4th and 5th grade are moving back to elementary school because we don't have enough room in the middle school. Every time we have an activitie like a dance or anything that involves with after school activities cost money when they used to be free. Plus we have less field trips because so far we only had one the whole year so far. I think its not fair at all. I really wish this hasn't happened to our school.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  147. Nick

    Our school has lost field trips 😦 ,but we got awsome new laptops 🙂

    March 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  148. Jake

    kids are becoming dissopointed because we aren't geting a lot of field trips

    March 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  149. Justin

    Yes, it has hit our school and maybe it will start to slow down.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  150. Kaly

    Yes, there are fewer field trips now. IT used to be 10 a year and mow it's 1 a year. Also, we have to pay for activities. We have to pay about $5 – $10 every time. Also paying for snacks, it's a rip off.Also, 5th and 4th graders at my school are moving back to elementary, what's up with that??

    March 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  151. Andy

    In my school recession hit us. Normally we have about 4 or 5 fie;d trips per year. Now it is only about 1 or 2 field trips per year. Also, the 4th and 5th grade is going back to the elementary school.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  152. Dan

    I think the recession has hit our school because our school has fewer field trips.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  153. Tim

    The recesion hasn't hit our county. All the middle school students got $500 laptops! But, there are more restrictions on the free and reduced lunch, so yes and no.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  154. Haley

    It has hit my school. We are now made to copy every paper handed to us so that the other classes may use them as well. If you think about it we are using the same amount of paper by copying what our techer typed and printed. I don't think we should be made to copy it. We also have been made to recycle all of our bottles. This is a good isea because it is good for the planet and it saves money.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  155. Lizi

    I believe that in many cases the recession has hit schools. I believe this because school are not able to take many field trips and supplies have been limited.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  156. Krishan

    Yeah, so my district too is cutting back...some extracurricular activities are getting cancelled, some are not receiving adequate funding, and others are just resorting to donations...schools are getting less money too, though they are not being restricted as much as extracurriculars...but the good thing is that my school district still has enough money to cover about 90% of AP Exam costs, leaving students with $8 to pay...that is so awesome and im grateful my district does that...

    March 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  157. Sabrina

    I think the rescission hasn't worked in Michigan yet. My school told me I could ride the bus when I lived 1 mile away, but now the school is 2 miles away and they say I can't ride the bus anymore. I don't think they have ever canceled a bus trip or bus ride or anything. Thank you for reading this.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  158. ghost

    I think that the rescission really has not hit [my area] because we still have not canceled anything and then we still have the same number of teachers. The teachers are really scared because they do not want to be lawed off. But are school is still doing really good and they know it can happen.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  159. Sabrina

    Also my class had had i think 20 new students or something....that could be good i guess.....maybe?

    March 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  160. Mitchell

    My friend told me he thought it hit for a week because the cinnamon rolls weren't as good as usual. But otherwise i don't think it has hit and i hope for a 4 day weeks of school.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  161. Tim

    I think that the Recession has hit my school because the school lunches are NASTY!!!! School lunches useb to be good but know they make pizza out of cardboard. After shoolsports like football havenot been canceled so it could get alot worse. If they cancel football in my school my life is over

    March 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  162. Dennis

    I didn't and haven't seen much change. Little things like different cinnamon rolls. I was sure they switched because the other ones were cheaper. Not near as tastey though. Haven't seen much were I live but not even 30 minutes away 3-5 schools closed and all over Michigan schools are beeing cutt back on money. Teachers an school staffs members are being cutt.

    March 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  163. Jordan

    I have not been seeing the affect of the recession on my school. No teachers have been cut, no sports have been dropped, and we have not been having larger classes. We may see come changes come next year, like cutting some of the newer teachers and having larger classes.

    March 2, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  164. Samantha

    I think that my school hasn't seen much of the Recession. If the economy gets worse, schools will be loaded up with kids. The people graduating from school and going to college need to get a good degree in college and get into government and help change this economy. Not just for school, but for the other bad things our economy has gone through.

    March 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  165. Jack

    I think the recession has hit our school because the school lunch is very poor,its gotten poorer over the years,but I don't think its hit us as bad as other schools because our school bought every student a HP mini computer, but yes it is hitting our school, if this isn't sorted out by next year there will lots of lay offs, classes getting larger like this year, they are probably going to make EVERY class into core subjects like take teched out,gym,band,sports, but yes it has hit our school but not as bad as any other school around us.

    March 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  166. nick

    I think that it has hit our school because the lunch food has gotten bad and there is not as many food choices as there was last year. The pizza actually had sauce!

    March 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  167. Samantha

    No the recession has not yet hit my school, and I am rateful, because if we have 1 less day of school each week, think of how much learning we could miss as the student's, and the teachers, they need money, especially if they have family, and especially kids too. Kids need their parents to take care of them in their young age, and if school is taken off of even for 1 day it would probably make matters worse. Our school is really good, and every student has their own laptop to use for school use only though. I love my school, my teachers...

    March 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  168. Reinhardt

    In our school...we expect to be short 5.3 million dollars. We have to make up that money by cutting teachers and reducing programs. There's even talk about going from full day kindergarten to 1/2 day kindergarten. Varisity sports might also be cut. These are not good times...

    March 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  169. Connor

    It did not hit my school but sooner or later it is going to have to.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  170. Tamia(:

    ithink iht has hit ourr skool yhet ; weh aree so freakingg brokeee ' lolsss *

    March 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  171. Alyssa

    Our school has NO FIELD TRIPS or rewards. It stinks because our bathrooms and lockers need painting but because of the recession our school can't afford it. I think Obama needs to put more money towards education and schools.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  172. Alli

    Our classes are getting bigger and more and more of our art classes keep getting cut! Last year we had choice of five art classes and this year we have two! The choices that my parents generation is making is effecting me and there's nothing I can do!

    March 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  173. Justin

    My class will only have taken one field trip, and we had to raise money for it.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  174. kelsey

    i dont really know if it hit our school yet but i thing it is a good idea cause students already know what they need to know and we or us kids should have a break at least once..i am not counting the weekends.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  175. ELLIS

    YES THERE ARE CUT BACKS ON BOOKS LAPTOPS AND DESKS

    March 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  176. josh

    Yes the recession has hit my school because we more students than books this year so some students did not get a book and some days for hot lunch the school gives us a pb and j.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  177. Mitchell

    Yes I believe my school has been hit, recently our school newspaper had an article about how teachers are being forced to take on bigger class sizes

    March 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  178. Kat

    The resceeion hasnt really hit my school, i am in ND (North Dakota) and the oil boom is really beginning to pick up here, The town i live in is rapidly becomming bigger.. Some of the schools, such as the school i go to has old desks that still have ink wells in them and they have markings from the 1950's, and we never go on field trips, but the lunch is great, the teachers are amazing, and the people are amazing and friendly here.. THe recession really hasnt affected it here...

    March 2, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
  179. Madeline

    No recession has not hit my school... yet I know it has hit various schools around my state. My dad is a teacher and, well, they aren't doing too well...

    March 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  180. Ryan

    Recession has not hit my school hard enough to cancel any programs yet but if it did and we missed any field trips or fun programs it would be disappointing. I really enjoy the programs.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  181. chappy

    my 6th grade teacher was fired at the end of the year becuase of are school didnt have any more money

    March 2, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
  182. Medaris

    I don't know about our school I just hope to have:
    1. keeping Hip-Hop society in our school,
    2. keeping my favorite teachers in school and their job
    3. (my favorite one) cnn student news in my class, so i can watch Carlos saying his puns everyday

    March 3, 2010 at 12:03 am |
  183. Hima

    I'm from California, which was been getting hit really hard with the budget cuts, so our district has been hit pretty hard. For the 2010-2011 school year about 130 teachers in 270 will be laid off, and we haven't had ANY field trips this year. We haven't gotten new language arts textbooks since 1997, either.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:19 am |
  184. Larissa

    Yeah the recession has hit [our area]!They have tooken away the Jazz program cut school days!they say we need more education but how are we gonna get more if schools are getting cut days.Why does the government worry about the roads but not about our schools?

    March 3, 2010 at 1:31 am |
  185. sammii

    Our school had to make lots of budget cuts. Also our class sizes have increased a bit.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:23 am |
  186. Sean

    No, the reccession hasn't hit our school yet we just are naturally unwealthy.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  187. David

    Our school had not been affected by the recession. Our school is naturally poor

    March 3, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  188. liam

    our school has not been affected at all by the recession. Our school just can't spend their budget right. the School was built in 1932 and hasn't been renovated or repaired since then. And our art room got a leak that collapsed the floor and smashed the ceiling of the cafeteria. A table fell through the hole, and we had to eat in the gym for three weeks!

    March 3, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  189. Travis

    I dont think the recession has hit our school yet but i believe it will soon. I dont know too much about the school but i can pretty much garuntee that teacher's salaries are being cut all the time.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  190. Blake

    No but i hope it will not if it does we will be in bad shape

    March 3, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  191. Zara

    I would think that it has because so far in the school year we have only had one 5th grade feild trip. Last year, by this time, 5th grade would have already had about 3-4 trips.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  192. Lauren

    It has hit our school because we don't have a lot of feild trips anymore. If we do we have to pay more than the kids did last year.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  193. Ben

    I think my school has been hit by recession. The number of feild trips we have a year has been reduced from six to one or two a year. Also the feild trips are getting more expensive.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  194. MINDY

    It hit my school. I can tell beacause I really like art and they don't have many art things. The first thing they will always cut first is the arts. And it isn't fair to take that away.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  195. daniel

    yes because we are having to pay more for field trips than usual

    March 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  196. Emily

    I don' t think that senior year should be optional.I think that people should go to all 4 years because high school years are supposed to be some of the best yeras of your life and who would want to miss one of those years.Espicially your senior year which is supposed to be the best one out of the four.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  197. Jimmy

    No it hasn't hit my school yet.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  198. Jack

    Some of my class have already been canceled so I think my schooled should try harder to have field trips on the same date they were suppose to be

    March 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  199. Jimmy

    No it hasn't hit my school yet..

    March 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  200. Melanie

    Recession didnt hit my school yet ,but it did hit lots of other schools. I hope it doesnt hit my school!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  201. Barri

    No, nothing has went wrong at our school

    March 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  202. ashley

    no recession has hit my school yet and i hope it stays that way.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  203. nick

    no it has not hit my high school or my school

    March 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  204. Treyvon

    School is not doing well with this stuff to.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  205. AJ

    no

    March 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  206. AJ

    no!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  207. brienne

    our school has had 1 field trip cancelled but that was besause of the snow storm . our class got 1 more student another class got 1 more student .

    March 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  208. eliana

    We have only canceled them because of the weather. Our classes have been getting better. probably in the whole school we got about 10 new students.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  209. Harley

    yes

    March 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  210. Marabella

    Carl,

    We have lost field trips, lunch choices, and the only thing getting bigger is our class room. No ones bus route has been cut out so thats good but still.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  211. Danielle

    Changing any rules in the districts are very unfair and I don't think it should be done. It is just asking kids to not come to school anymore, since the rules are so strict and unfair. I would actually not want to attend any class, especially if they start charging me to ride the bus, I'd rather walk to school no matter how hard it will be.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  212. cora

    so far not yet but i think it is on it's way we dont even have enought money to et more books,so our own teachers have to by the books.
    But the sad part is that he econimy is so poor our teachers have to spend there poor money on us so we get good grades.
    i think i want to be homed school because our school is so poor that if i just stay home i think i WILL get better grades!

    March 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  213. Mitchell

    Yes, I hear the teachers talking a lot about how many students they have to have in each classroom now

    March 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  214. Shana

    No, the recession has not hit my school. We still have field trips and do fun activities and our administrators even say we have extra money to spend!

    March 3, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  215. Jake

    The recession hasn't really effected or hit my school but we do have issues with school buses as a result of the recession. They cut down on the # of buses and now the bus stops are too far away.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  216. McKendra

    I haven't seen anything in my area, but I think that should not cut field trips for the kids because feild trips don't happen that often.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
  217. Allison

    Well, something like that has happened to our school district. East and West Junior High both have grades that are 7, 8, and 9. Next year, they will have the East Junior High building be a 8 and 9 building, while West Junior High is a 6 and 7 building. The 6th graders are usually still in elementary schools in our district, so it's going to be a change for all of us. They said it's suppose to save around 600,000 dollars. I hope they save as much money as they estimated.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm |
  218. alexandra

    It has not hit my school yet but i hope it does not ever happen.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm |
  219. Ty

    We just got a new middle school but our 8th grade has made a cut back and our math class,we no longer have text books so all of you homework either comes from her head or the internet, but other than that we havent had any cut backs

    March 4, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  220. Derek

    i dont think it has hit my schol yet. we just got a new middle school with new laptops. but i think they are thinking of cutting some teachers. i dont think they have cut back on feild trips.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  221. ricky

    I THINK IT WOULD BE OKAY FOR SCHOOLS TO MAKE SENIOR OPTIONAL AFTER ALL THE ECONOMY IS BAD...

    March 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  222. Ronald

    My wife is a professor at a junior college. She is only allowed 3 classes so they dont have to pay her benefits. She had at least 30 extra students sitting on the floor trying to get into her classes this semester. She had to turn all of them away as the 30 that were lucky enough to actually get in all showed up and she couldn't drop and add anyone else. They wont add more classes, yet have all of these students begging to get into already full classes. She always has 30 students at the end of her semester as well and the tenured professors that suck at teaching have less then half of the students they started with.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  223. Carrie

    I am a High school math teacher and about to lose my job. In my district our math scores are dropping because we are losing our highly qualified, innovative, young math teachers and I have had a class size of 47 students. Right now my classes are around 34 but there is nothing in the way of them going back up to the 40s. My math scores are of the highest in the district and my students often tell me that I made them love math. I won't be at the school next year because apparently the state of California can't calculate. Maybe I can get a job teaching our elected officials!

    March 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  224. Joanne

    My kids are going to a community or state school that has a tuition rate that is not comparable to a mortgage when they finished
    The next crisis coming is the student loan debt The amounts borrowed for school are ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! . . . and it looks as though it will only be getting worse

    March 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  225. Matt

    Not to flame, but judging from a lot of the comments on here and CNN in general, we can't afford to be cutting on education. If other parts of the budget must suffer, so be it. We are already falling behind, we can't start cutting out days or even years of education, especially since not everyone goes to college.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  226. joe

    you think it's bad now? wait till you get out of college and can't find a job.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  227. Beachy

    My wifes school district has put a hiring freeze in place. They are also not renewing contracts of any first year teachers. They have put a stop on raises and are now dipping into the teachers retirement fund with the hopes of using some of that money to deal with a budget shortfall. This is in Virginia which is a non-union state

    March 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  228. m

    I applaud the efforts, but too many people out here in California are ignorant of the economic realities. I am a Democrat through and through, but even those of us on the left realize that budget shortfalls have to lead to either cutbacks or tax increases. In the case of college tuition, either the education level goes down or the amount we pay for it goes up. Being an out-of-state student, I have come to UCLA with the knowledge of prevailing rates at home in Illinois, where in-state tuition is nearly $6,000 higher at our flagship university and yet even they continue to face funding issues. With California's constitutional inability to raise taxes, tuition fee hikes in the UC system are the only solution. For those students who cannot afford it (and most of them will not see increases because of boosted financial aid), the Cal State and community college systems are there for them. If the UC system wants to continue to be a world-class educational institution, they need to begin charging tuitions that reflect this desire

    March 4, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  229. Eric

    I can see by the grammar, punctuation and spelling errors in most of these posts that we really need to get better teachers and more parents who care!

    March 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  230. Renee

    I was a middle school teacher and our charter was closed. The school faced closure 2 years in a row but it really closed the second year. School closure is a very emotionally challenging thing to experience. I am an educator not a licensed teacher. I love children but I don't like the way teachers are treated.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  231. dave

    Are teachers taking any cuts? In the private sector, when revenue dwindles, employees are either laid off or take paycuts across the board so that costs can be cut but headcount maintained.

    in many private companies, Executives will take paycuts to $1 while there is a crisis...I don't hear any superintendents, principals or tenured teachers vowing to cut their pay, rather they and their unions fight for more pay, all at the expense of the students.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  232. j

    Well-well, the chickens are coming home to roost. If you don't collect taxes you can't pay for schools. Imagine that. People want their children educated and don't want to pay taxes to do it. Tough love from me, no kids, I don't want to pay for yours just as you don't want to pay for my health care.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  233. Jim

    First you need to be a taxpayer to understand they continue to raise your taxes, and raise teachers salaries. Most private industries have not given out raises in years and if so it is about 2%. They need to make cuts – period. Stop spending other people's money and be responsible. Unfortunately that will never happen.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  234. James

    Well everyone must remember that the actual working people in this country can only support so much. We are already overburden with Taxes and Fees. Maybe everyone should get out and go to work producing something for society and help pay off this mess the goverment has gotten us into. Then when the economy picks back up maybe everyone can go back to school and finish their education goals.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  235. Anonymous

    Here's a novel Idea...
    One way to save money would be to divide the countries school locations into 3 seperate area, like we do for timezones east to west.
    These 3 school zones stretching from the east to the west coast would be determined by the average snow fall in that school. Schools in the southern most school zone would have its school year adjusted so the schools would not be open on the hotest months of theyear saving millions on energy. The school in the northern most school zones would adjust their school year so they would not be open durring the harshest cold weather of the year, this would save millions on heating bills incurred by school districts there. Then for the schools that are in the middle school zone they could establish the time of year to conduct school that is the least costly energywise to them as long as all 3 school zones meet the required number of days performing their education responcibilities.

    Just an Idea...

    March 4, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  236. Reggie

    The cause of this is one word. "Corruption". Any organization that receives a LARGE sum of money annually and is going bankrupted has corruption written all over it. The Universities aren't failing because of lack of customers (student bodies). They're failing because of fraud, and misuse of their budget.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  237. Morgan

    I thought it would have affected our school, but evidently it hasn't, because our whole middle school just got laptops. Now every student has their own laptop. I don't see a need in it because last year, we got a bunch of new computers and laptop labs, and every classroom got a smartboard. I believe our school is spending money that they don't need to spend during a time like this! They just bought evryone their own laptop, when we have perfectly fine school computers and laptops, and yet the sports teams are complaining about needing new uniforms and not having enough money.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  238. singh

    This is going to lower the number of educated people in the country , which mean more outsourcing. As such one of the big reason of outsourcing is less number of trained people in our country. Education become costly, less people study, so less number of technical trained graduates in the country.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  239. Sam

    I respect teachers and value my education. Unfortunately, the system is broke. Unions, entitlements and poor spending decisions (amongst other issues) at both the public and private levels have created vast inefficiencies. We have created an untenable standard where everyone is ..."entitled"... to succeed...thus diminishing the relative quality of education, especially at the critical primary levels and morphing higher education in to a prestige based commodity. Born out of this development are the "degree mill" universities and professional schools that are churning out bad paper like a 2006-era investment bank capitalizing on the opportunities that simply do not exist. Now the economy is saddled with a generation of college and prof graduates nearing or exceeding 30 years of age with all sorts of degrees and not a day of experience who cannot afford to start for less than $50k-$100k. Education, esp at the college and prof. level has become a business, and a bad one at that...I feel for teachers as I do for anyone who looses their job, that said, if the system is to be reformed hard decisions need to be made and if that means eliminating certain programs, so be it. Like everything else, follow the $$$...I am sure many teachers could be retained if union leadership conceded certain issues and certain government contracts and failing programs were cut.

    March 4, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  240. STEVE

    MY mom and dad have giving up there jobs
    to help other people find jobs. and they have giving a lot
    of people since then .

    March 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  241. Ross

    I have seen alot of new students in my class, but I have also seen alot of people move so it is kind of hard to tell if we have had an increase or a decrease of students. What I do know is that our school has been cutting field trips because we are way into the school year and we have only had 1 field trip, and don't get me wrong it was great but I would liketo see a little more field trips through out the year.

    March 5, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  242. Devi

    Yes, it has reached our school beacause we are more and more furlough days. This is just a scheme to save more money for the county.

    March 5, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  243. John

    Yes, reccesion has hit our school. we have to make arangement next year just toget by. Like some teachers that only stay for only a half a day.like Mrs M. she only has three hours a day. so she will probaly be the first one to go but i hope she doesn't go.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  244. Cody

    The recession has deff hit our school. We have made a few cutbacks. Our school hasnt provided many, if any field trips this year, and for the school sports we havent been able to provide new equipment. There may be cuts in some of the coaches the school has and maybe even a few teachers that will be out of a job at the end of the year. I hate this, and it is horrible for everyone. Hopefully we can bounce back, and quick.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  245. Lindsey

    I believe that my school is feeling the recession. Basically the only field trip we have taken this year was to a school about 10 miles away. This is very sad because field trips help us learn and grow but without them school isn't as fun. And when school isn't very fun, dropout rates increase by a lot. I really don't want that to happen at my school.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  246. Jillian

    I definately think the recession has hit our school. We dont take many field trips and we have staff cuts. Many teachers fear that their jobs are at risk expecally ones who are new on staff or that teach the non essential classes.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  247. Rachel

    For my school they are cutting field trips unless they are approved by the school board. They also have to make sure we have enough money to go. There are also teachers being cut next year because my school can't afford to continue to pay him. They are even cutting some programs that we don't need. Like the elementary music class.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  248. mark

    our school has seen some minor cutback but almost unoticible. I live in a very small town though with a small school where elementry and HS are connected lol and are grad class consists of about 60 people. only real difference i've noticed is lunchs getting worse and worse and bus re-routes.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  249. Melissa

    I personally have not noticed the recession through my school but I've seen the cutbacks in other schools, such as no field trips. I know that our school is just now feeling it and I'm sure that our field trips will be significantly limited and that our teachers may have to take days off without pay/ Presently, there is not a very noticable cutback but that does not mean that there won't be one tomorrow or the next day. I can only hope that it won't hurt the quality of students education.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  250. Bethany

    While I have not noticed anything major such as 4 day weeks, I do know that the school seems to be cutting down on lunch portions and it seems the quality of food as well. I know schools nearby that are being hit much harder than ours. Bigger schools are getting grants and funding cut by millions of dollars because of the recession. The recession is definitely taking its toll on education.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  251. Megan

    Our school is definately showing signs of recession. I've been on one field trip this year, and it wasn't even 30 miles away. Some teachers have been cut, or are going to be cut. Subjects like music and art are hurting the most. Next year there will be fewer electives than there were in the past. We haven't started 4 day school weeks or canceled any bus routes yet but I think those things may happen in the future.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  252. Taylor

    Yes, my schools are cutting some classes and there is no longer going to be two separate junior highs. All 6th and 7th graders are going to be in one school and all 8th and 9th graders are going to be in the other. Even though I’m not really going to be effected by this, I still hate it. This is all because our schools don’t have enough money!

    March 5, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  253. Jensen

    We have an awesome program at our community college for local high school seniors, but many of the program's consortium schools are over thirty miles away from the college. There are five or six of the program's students using the bus system. Because of the budget cuts, the college won't be running the bus next year, and that's going to hinder quite a few prospective students from entering the program. My sister is four years younger than I, and she wants to be in the program when she's a senior, but it's going to be hard on our family if there isn't a bus her senior year. Hopefully this recession is over soon so she can be part of this program.

    March 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  254. Josh

    Yep My schoolhas been hit hard like my team hasnt had enogh money to go on feild trips and alot of my friends wanted to go but we can't man As if you can amagine it was a trip

    March 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  255. Kevin

    Our school hasn't had many financial problems that im aware of, but we are loosing alot of students that are coming to [our area], and if that contnues, we're possibly going to loose teachers, sports, classes, etc.

    March 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  256. Anonymous

    Some schools are getting out earlier for summer because of furlough days. They shouldn't do that.

    March 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  257. Jose

    One way I have seen the recession effect our schools is the deprivation of our after school programs. It is really hard for our parents to take care of us because they work all the time so the after school program is a nice way for us to learn as well as have that time while our parents are working. Taking that away from us will put us in a worser position.

    March 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  258. Sarah

    i disagree with this recession because i dont think that taking away a senior year would really affect anything or help anything at all, especially if the students who already had a senior year went through it i dont think it would be fair to those future students. everyone should get to experience there senior year, and taking away more than what already has been taken away wouldnt make some people too happy about it.

    March 5, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  259. Luka

    Classes have as many as thirty kids all crammed in together. Which makes it more difficult to learn things like that. You know buss are so jam packed and you"d rather just walk.

    March 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  260. Kait

    Well the recession is closing my school! ...I'm going to have to transfer to some random school for my senior year. It's highly upsetting and has taken a toll on the atmosphere of our school.

    March 5, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  261. zenat

    nothing is really changing in our school, but we are scared that something will happen

    March 5, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  262. joseph

    i think that is cool for some kids but for others it is very bad for them (they must like school) and i wish i had a four days school.

    March 5, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  263. Hayley

    My school has been hit hard by the recession. Our school system is 15 million in debt, and they are looking at closing my school as a way to pay of the debt. Our school will close at the end of this year. I...will not be able to graduate from the school I attended for so long. My senior year is to be spent at another school, where I will graduate with another school's diploma! =[

    March 5, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  264. Cory

    The recession had definetley affected my school district. I come from a town with several elementarty schools, that go from kindergarten to 6th grade, two junior highs both going from 7th to 9th grade and one public highschool from 10th to 12th grade. to save money they are moving the 6th and 7th graders to one junior high, and the 8th and 9th graders to another. that will make classes of course make classes bigger. another thing i have noticed is that all the electives I have signed up for...have a lab fee anywhere from $5 – $50!!! They have also had to cut certain electives.

    March 5, 2010 at 8:56 pm |
  265. Emmi

    my school has been hit hard.next year we are cutting art,music ,and limiting gym to only 2 days a week.then they are sorten school by an hour and a half!which is cool for me but any teacher that doesn't have 10 year is gettting let go. they also closed one of the schools in my district.

    March 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm |
  266. Judy

    Schools in [my area] have suffered probably the most. Over 3 elementary schools have been closed in my neighborhood overcrowding the other local schools (a ratio of about 30+ students:1 teacher).
    [Universities] have suffered raising of tuition fees and furlough days. Teachers and staff have continuously laid off and those who stay are faced with a bigger workload and less pay. I can't remember the last class I was in that had less than 60 students enrolled.
    Has Recession hit my school? I'll leave that answer up to you.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  267. Shianne

    My school is lucky enough to have been the least effected by the troubling economy although our classes have been getting larger. I believe that some of the solutions people have come up with is the opposite of what we should be doing.

    March 5, 2010 at 11:29 pm |
  268. A

    4 teachers at my school are being layed off and the others are in distress.

    March 6, 2010 at 1:18 am |
  269. Alliyah

    My mom is a teacher... She is only allowed 2 classes so they dont have to pay her benefits. She had at least 50 extra students sitting on the floor trying to get into her classes this semester. She had to turn all of them away as the 50 that were lucky enough to actually get in all showed up and she couldn't drop and add anyone else. They won't add more classes, yet have all of these students begging to get into already full classes. She always has 50 students at the end of her semester as well and the tenured teacher that suck at teaching have less then half of the students they started with.

    March 6, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  270. Anonymous

    Our School is closing next year, due to the recession. All of our teachers and students will have to find a new place, and most friends will, most likely, be separated from each other. This saddens me because my teachers are so open and students tend to form a bond with them.

    March 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  271. Adam

    My school hasn't had to really cut any teachers but they are making some deals with teachers to get them to retire as soon as they are able to. I think if things don't get better our school system will defiantly see some respite of after school programs and possibly some major cuts.

    March 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  272. Kylie

    Yes!, here we have to do so many fundraisers just to do simple activities we want and like to do. We have already had so many fundraisers, we have had to do alot just to save the sports here! Now we are in the middle of about our fourth or fifth fundraiser in one school year to fund the 8th grade promotion dinner/dance!

    March 6, 2010 at 8:52 pm |
  273. Marisa

    in my school there's talk of cuts. in band we might have to have band camp at the school because their thinking of cutting our buget..... but other than that not much is going on........

    March 7, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  274. Noor

    Our school hasn't been affected too badly, but our art department doesn't have enough money to last us all year. Other than that there haven't been any major cut backs. No teachers have been layed off, but some classes have grown in size.

    March 7, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
  275. Quinton

    My school is going to lay off over thirty teachers and is cutting funding to almost every place they can in the district. My school has about thirty kids in it right now and once the thirty teachers get cut the classes will be about forty kids per class room.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:28 am |
  276. Lindsay

    Nothing has really happened to my school exept for teachers cant make copies of worksheets for every individual student. But they just gave everyone in the school a laptop so it doesn't seem to far in debt.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  277. Lulu

    I have noticed ta my school that my classes have been getting bigger throughout the school year.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  278. Talley

    My scool had to let a couple teachers go because of the loss of money.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  279. griffin

    the reccession has hit our school buy making teachers work 6 periods and there only paid for 5. And our school cant get supplies we need and some teacher may have to be laid off next year.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  280. Emily

    My school has gone through a recession by teachers having to take more days off, less teachers, less busses, less suplies, and we dont have cool thrings like smart boards, ect, ect. Most teacjers dont have extra supplies if you dont have a pencil or something else.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  281. alexa

    our buses got more crowded because of not much money for more buses

    March 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  282. Simon

    In a few ways...we have roaming teachers, supplies are becoming less, and we are getting cvharged mre for lunch.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  283. amanda

    I do think my school has been hit because of thee losts of teacher buses and many more thing that we need at our school.It really stinks that we do not have the money to tecno. to help children lear but we have to deal with it no matter what.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  284. Aida

    Nothing happened at my school yet

    March 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  285. Thomas

    budeget cuts have caused us to loose teachers, busses, and students that were supppoesd to come to this school this year. my school is carwise middle in palm harbor florida and the resesion has caused us to not get some suplies that we need

    March 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  286. Aida

    recesion has hit our school because we dotn have many field trips whitch os horrible.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  287. Summer

    Our school has, indeed, been inpacted by the recession. We have to do multiple fundraisers to buys simple things and we have to cut back on what we spend; in other words, we're broke.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  288. Jacob

    are school has made every wensday a short day .

    March 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  289. Mausam

    In my school, there aren't many cuts, but the budget doesn't have money for a lot more art supplies, so we're donating money.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  290. lauren (:

    Yes? i have had school field trip canceled, our classes are increasing of people, and budget cutts are huge. Teachers say we cant do this we cant do that because of cutts.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  291. (:

    My school has not had any changes yet due to the recession. But i feel terribly sorry for the kids and teachers where their school is.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  292. kayla

    yeah, its hit our school.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  293. Olivia

    In my school, they are canceling some bus routes for next year and one of them is where I live. Now my parents are probably going to have to drive me to school every day next year or I will have to change schools. It is unfair that they are doing this because people don't always have the time to drive their kids to school. I think the country should give money to the schools because it is where kids are learning and they are also the future adults of America. If President Obama can give money to almost anything he wants to, why not us?

    March 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  294. sydney

    it has not

    March 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  295. Mica

    I have felt the recession. I used to go to a private school, but because they did not have enough money they think the school might end before the school year is over. I now am in public school. It is really sad to see that recession is changing schools. I think having no senior year in high school or making it optional is not good. Then people who are seniors will think that they are doing something that you do not need to do. I would think that a lot of people would not go to their senoir year then, I would though.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  296. rachel (:

    My opinion is that they should make senior year optional only for people with a sertain grade point average. For those who don't have good grades they should go to senior year. It would give those who need more time to prepare for college and get a job to pay for college that whole school year.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  297. jasmine

    Theres nothing changing about my school or any problem that have been happening.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  298. Alex

    No it has not hit my school and i hope it does not because senior year is the bomb

    March 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  299. dustin

    No my school has a good economy.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  300. andrew

    i think it has because some of our teachers are now GONE!

    March 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  301. souki

    I thin k what they are doing ,no offence, is plain out stupid. They are not thinking. If they make it harder to get our education ,and were thet ones who have to fix the economy when we're old, then how will we get jobs?

    March 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  302. Taylor

    Our teachers complain of the supplies cuts and how they cant afford paper of pencils or tissues to give us.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  303. jude

    the recession hasnt hit our school cause our school is rich.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  304. wesley

    Well our school has been hit hard with less and less feild trips smaller food portions at lunch and teacherws being laid off this reccision is redciculas no matter what i think school should be the one place we shuould not have to deal with this major problem.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  305. Katrene

    Our school lunch has gotten worse and worse. Feild trips had been cut and matirials have been left from last year, and we have to use ripped up metirials. I don't like it and no one else dose.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  306. ali

    in my school they cut chorus as one of our electives and we don't have as many field trips as we used to.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:06 pm |
  307. maria

    Our school hasn't been hit yet. We had a new school built last year(we moved into the building after thanksgiving break). Nothing has really gone wrong, except that lead was found in the drinking fountain water, but that doesn't really involve the recession.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm |
  308. Ben

    I have not seen a lot of the changes in schools here but I do know that there were school closed last year. My mom is a teacher and there are some very not so nice bills trying to be passed in the state legislature that will make it harder for teachers to earn raises, and in many cases even keep their jobs. I hope things get better and do not get worse.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  309. Mae

    It has hit my school, significantly, we are faced with losing our counselors and our library. Just last year summer school was cut, forcing students to seek classes in nearby junior colleges. Classes individually are also being affected, students are inclined to pay more for classes that were free during previous years, such as ceramics; photo and art.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  310. Terrell

    Our school has stopped using garbage bags in classrooms in order to save money. So now instead of using 60 bags a day we use one or two.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  311. Andy

    I want to know if the schools inside juvenile facilities in Florida are seeing any cuts, it seems to be a shame to cut the budget of the kids that want to learn. The teachers at these schools are paid higher wages than at the public schools and have fewer students.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  312. Mark

    It hit and is still hitting [our district]. Not only did teachers lose their jobs, but the science center is being shut down and several programs for children are being cut. This is also because the state did not pay its $1.2 million it was owed to the district. As said in the meeting. Now, as the class sizes get bigger and children suffer for the loss of programs, but not teachers, whom people say they make too much, work late into the evening and weekends so the kids can suceed. This affects the family life at home as well. This action affects many not just the student. So much for the stimulus funds helping education. We want to be the leaders in education but cannot support it. Interesting?

    March 9, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  313. sam

    I have not seen any changes in our school.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  314. Opal

    At my school they've cut back a lot of classes, like woodshop and foreign language classes. Also, they used to have different classes, like drama and Physics Fun, but now they just have study hall.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
  315. Ryan

    As far as I know, no teachers have been laid off in my school district as a result of the recession. However, some money-saving changes have been made in the past couple of years. For example, students going to districts/states/etc. for sports, music festivals and the like used to get money out of the school's funds for food and spending. Although this still happens in some cases, the amount of money reserved for activities such as these has been reduced and in some cases eliminated from the budget. Also, the school district used to help pay for the annual senior trip; this is now virtually all paid for via fundraising.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  316. Kylie

    The school here has had a bad hit in the recession! We are doing tons of fundraisers to save the things we love to do and want to have! We don't have feild trips unless our class pays for it and we have fundraisers to pay for different clubs, sports, and the though school in general! We have saved the sports, we have funded enough for our small dances during the year, but how much longer will we last by just doing fundraisers? We are barely getting past this year... We are trying our hardest at the moment just to get enough money for an ok 8th grade promotion dinner/dance. If we struggle this year i dont know what the kids are going to do next year if this recession doesn't let up soon...

    March 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm |
  317. Kayley

    It has no hit are school yet and hoping it will not no teachers lost and class still the same. Lets hope it stays that way.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  318. marcus

    in my school,we have a magnet program where theres just classes for advanced. so, we were the only ones to go on field trips. that's really only the affect we have had.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  319. Samantha

    No. The recession has not yet hit my school, but when or if it does I think that we should give the students their lunch time, and make their school days longer, but have shorter lunch times, and less sporting events, so the student's can have more time to finish their homework for school, and to get better grades, I don't want to be mean, but I think that the people in virginia shouldn't have six day school weeks just because of their thirteen snow days. I think that having six school days in one week is pretty bad, especially for their money problems, because having money problems can severely damage their income, and the teachers might be having a hard time having to go to school on Sturday, when they are so used to sleeping in on Saturday.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  320. Cathleen

    Recession has hit my school but not as bad as others. Our Spanish program has been cut so that only 8th graders get it and that we'll have to get 1 teacher for two schools, which isn't so bad. I think they could have cut P.E. and just had alot of sport realated clubs instead of cutting out our Spanish program though.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  321. Allison

    I think our school has been effected by the recession because, we have cut a lot of teachers and switched the schooling around too. We also havent been able to do fun things like dances and trips. Our lunches are nasty and cheap. I hope they dont start to cut out sports because, it helps with childhood obesity.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  322. Jennie

    Our school has not been hit horribly. As of right now, instead of having two junior highs, we will have sixth and seventh at one and eighth and nineth at another. I think that they should change the school weeks to four days. They would be saving money on electricity and also food. We would have longer days but instead of just Saturday and Sunday off, we would also have Friday off. We would be saving on gas for transportation also.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  323. Oleson

    I think they should change the school days to four days a week, with more hourse on those four days. It would save a lot of money because you wouldn't have to heat the school in winter for three days, and in the summer you could turn the air conditioning off for three days. It would be good for everyone in the long run because you could go more places on the weekends and if your'e a teacher you could spend more time with your family. It would also save a lot of money on transportation, becasue buses wouldn't have to run on Friday and they would only have to pick kids up and take them Monday-Thursday.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  324. Jamie

    Not totally i have notice that one of my classes has about 30 people. But our district has not yet given any thought of cutting school weeks to 4 instead of 5.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  325. kenneth

    my school hasn't been hit but my cousins school got cut 1week 8-12 for cut backs

    March 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  326. Montana

    There hasn't been any cuts in my school, but this morning my teacher said that because of the school's budget there will be no sports for middle school students or 9th graders next school year. Also, they are cutting an after-school activity at the elementary school for the next school year.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  327. Thomas

    Our school became K-12 this year.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  328. cody

    Well that would be nice but we would have longer school days which would only give me a little time to hang out with my friends on school nights.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
  329. lizz

    our fieldtrips hasnt cancelled..but are classes are gettin bigger..in one class room we have like 32 or 33 students..

    March 11, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  330. Shyla

    I have to share lunch with friends because they can't afford it. We get nop field trips. We have a half day once a month.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  331. za'ahyzha

    well at my school every other wednesday we have half a day [which i like] but any way's some kids have to pay but some don't.........

    March 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  332. Chris

    The recession has not hit my school but I think that schools starting to make weeks smaller and charging for bus rides is just horrible. People in our country have the right to have education. Everybody pays for it in their taxes. Some people in the south live very far away from the schools and having no way to get there if you did not have enough money to pay for the bus then you can't go to school. I think schools should just cut down in there sports and extracurricular activates to save money for the proper school week. I am not saying that I don't think sports are important I just think that school should come first.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  333. mikel

    The recession has hit my school pretty good. we have shut down one school district and now we are closing another next year which will mess up are high school because we will have 7th and 8th graders there.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  334. Asic

    Our school has not really had to cut anything this year, but next year they are thinking about cutting some feidtrips to help save money. But who knows it could get better it might not. My class is supposed to go the the capital next year and i would really like to go. (not to mention that we get to get out of school ALL day)

    March 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  335. hunter

    yes the school has been hit by the resesion. and that there have been more students than usual coming to our school.and the one way i thiink that we could help as students is to participate more in funraisers.or they can raise prices for lunch a little bit students might be mad but that means newer p.e equitment so no problem in the long run.

    March 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  336. irthy

    not much has happened but hope it doesn not .

    March 11, 2010 at 9:53 pm |
  337. Grace

    i dont think the recession has hit my school, and if so, not that hard

    March 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  338. Sissy

    It has hit our school and we do have to supply our own paper. Teachers are asking us to bring it in for extra creidt. We need to get over the financial crises. Obama needs to pull it together.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  339. Katelynn

    If I could choose how to make the budget a little less tighter, I would make our schools have four day weeks along with a summer vacation. I think it is outrageous that we have to have 180 days...and that we should be more lenient. We have already started to save money by keeping doors closed and lights off when there isn't anyone in the room. Having four day weeks would give teachers more time with kids they might have and students would have more time to be kids and even do homework.

    March 14, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  340. Tabi

    nothing really happened at my school this year but, next year things will change. An elementary school was closed and so next year 6th graders will go to the junior high school while the 9th graders will go to a different school. This doesn't really affect me because next year i'm going to the high school but it affects some of my friends and they are not very happy about it.

    March 14, 2010 at 9:50 pm |
  341. Renumat

    Oh! everything worst about school. I cried many many time. I do not want this situation happen anywhere. Sound sad......

    People pay taxes that want their kids education quality also. It is not like government or school district doing right now. May be need poll for what American want government spend their money for?

    Just would love to see everything get better.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  342. Rachel

    There has not been any change in my school because of the econamy. My classes aren't getting bigger and the fieldtrips are not being cancled.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  343. Zilly

    my schol was pretty sucky before the ressecion so nothin hasnt really changed

    March 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  344. Sarah

    I graduated from a Utah high school 10 years ago, but under the alternative program., which worked well for me. High schools should consider work study, independent study, and excellerated programs similar to interim courses at colleges that are only 2 week intensive courses. Another idea would be to limit pep rallys, seminary programs, and even limit dances.

    March 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  345. jacob

    the recession has not really hit my school to bad,but there are less field trips and supplies are harder to get.mostly that`s because my school built a whole new building for my grades so it`s understandable why thy`re more careful with money.

    March 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  346. Linda

    I used to be in chorus last year, but at the end of the year my teacher announced that she was being laid off and that there was going to be no more chorus. I feel the government should spend less focusing so much time on this health bill and more time on supporting schools.

    March 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
  347. george

    YES BECAUSE THE TEACHERS AT MY SCHOOL ARE TALKING ABOUT SHUTING DOWN ONE OF OUR SCDHOOLS IN OUR DISTRICT AND TALKING ABOUT MOVING A SCHOOL OF OURS TO ANOTHER BUILDING

    March 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  348. brianna

    well it has hit my school a little because the kids before us got to go on field trips and this year where stuck in class!

    March 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  349. rosendo

    if the goverment cant do any thing .all of us us citizens should work as a community like we are .even if thier is a low rate jobs.

    March 23, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  350. rosendo

    we all shoud work to make school a better place to be. if your school has low buget we all could join two school together so the us goverment does notbpay as much as two schools seprated.

    March 23, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  351. Alli

    Yes-they're laying off 24 teachers, cutting out all middle school sports, and adding an ADDITTIONAL $100 payment for kids in after-school activities, including band and sports in the high schools (even though some are already paying hundred of dollars),: all in my district. It's getting really tough, so bad that I'm scared it's effecting everyone's growth and learning in the whole education process.

    March 23, 2010 at 9:57 pm |
  352. Amy

    We are having more budget cuts and with budget cuts comes teacher cuts. We like our teachers and do not want to lose them. We also have to provide our own paper for notes in social studies now. Our teacher used to type them up, but now nobody wants to buy paper. Thank you for reading.

    March 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  353. lexi

    thank goodness nothing bad has happned to my school except NO feildtrips

    March 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  354. Perham

    My school has low funding for extra activities, like the art programs. They are thinking about cutting some or al of the art classes. We have also started not sending out report cards and progress reports. Its a way to save money on al of the paper.

    March 25, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  355. Kristen

    My school has been hit with the recession' because we don't have lockers.

    March 25, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  356. Gina

    The recession hit my school hard!
    nine of our teachers should have left! Thank God everything is ok now.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  357. Becca

    The recesion has hit my school. they are cutting teachers that i really like. I think schools should be the last place to have buget cuts. After all, we, the kids, are the ones suffering haveing teachers amd classes cut. We have to learn in a good envierment so when are generation runs the country, we wont make the same mistakes

    March 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  358. Vanessa

    I know the recession has hit our school. Our teachers have been keeping the lights off to conserve electricity. Also the cost of lunch has gone up again! Since our class is last to go to lunch, our cafeteria usually runs out of food.

    March 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  359. Alexander

    The recession hasn't hit my school yet. It's naturally a "poor" school, even though it gets really good funding. The principal has decided to leave the school and said that if the school doesn't find a replacement within a year from now, he's just QUITTING!!! Also, another teacher's leaving next year. My school also never buys new school supplies. The newest texbooks are from 2002; the only art supplies are oatmeal cans, paper towel rolls, straws, and Crayola watercolors containers with barely any paint; and all of the basketballs, footballs, etc. in the school's gym are either popped or deflated. WHAT HAS OBAMA AND THE GOVERNMENT DONE TO OUR ONCE GREAT, MAJESTIC, CONFIDENT COUNTRY??? 😦 😦 😦

    March 25, 2010 at 8:56 pm |
  360. Jose & Jasmin

    the both of us go to the same school and were both noticing that classes will be getting bigger next year they are going to be closing school cutting school trips getting rid of teachers there are going to be a bunch of students crammed in one small little classroom for a whole semester its going to cause problems and distractions in school environment people are saying the recession is the recession is over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!the rescission is not over when there closing schools and funding for schools and another thing schools are trying to improve test scores how are they going to improve test scores with all the commotion thats going to happen in a filled and classrooms

    March 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
  361. rob

    No, it has not. so many mettings .

    March 28, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  362. savannah

    It hasnt really hit my school babdly but yeah like our schoo ldosent have alot of money now to supple things we need like paper and pencils but kids are responsible to bring there own things to school but i am thankful it hasnt hit my school badly.

    March 28, 2010 at 7:50 pm |
  363. Yulisa

    it's not utah's falt people are mad if it's youre problem you fix it.

    April 18, 2010 at 12:46 am |
  364. Tequan

    No i don't think the recession is over. I think it is still going on.

    October 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm |