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March 9th, 2010
09:03 PM ET

Tough Decisions

Has the recession affected your school?

You've been sending us some really interesting comments on how the recession's affecting your school.  Administrators and school offiicals have tough calls to make every day about where they can save.  So this time, we want you to play that role:

Let's say you're in charge of a school system that has less money this year than last year.  What would you cut?  What would you save?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. Jacob

    I would have the kids take a quiz on their favorite classes, then cut the least favorite classes, and cut a little teacher funding. I'd save the popular classes.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:14 pm |
  2. Reanna

    I would start with the high tech projecters and computerized white boards. We dont need that, what we need is strong teachers and good books. They did it in the old days and now we have successful men and women.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
  3. Lizzy

    I think that they need something of theirs. As the comment said in YouTube, they should stop taking everthing from us. But I am glad that people are discovering stepping more. 🙂

    March 9, 2010 at 9:31 pm |
  4. Cindy

    I would shut down some of the computers on areas that don't have recent visters. Computers are left on all day and it is causing to increase the amount of electricity. Another way is cutting down electricity. I think we can save a lot electricity if we turn off some lights in areas that there are less students around.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  5. Kayley

    The classes thats should be saved are the ones thats we really need. We got new computers in are lab we dont really need all that. We could have spent thats money for other things my school needs. The classes thats should be cut are the classes thats kids dont really like.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  6. Ben

    I belive that education is what makes America, America. With out education there would be no system to the United States, no jobs. So I think we should cut the most unneeded things that won't help us learn, like second lunch, that also envolves with obesecity. It is a win win.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  7. Erin

    I think that like the education cuts are unessecary to have, my schools field trips are cut to a minimum. Last year my library was gone and we had to rely on just local librarys and it was hard to get the right books!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  8. Abby

    I'd try and get more shows during the school day so students would pay to go see it (and leave class), and keep my fingers crossed that we enter school later and leave sooner. Oh, and how about some Fridays off?

    March 9, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
  9. Dylan

    I would cut the classes less liked or used so most students are satisfied with their class options.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
  10. Josh

    If i had to cut anything it would be one less day of school. Teachers should not half to give up there jobs.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  11. Sean

    I would cut field trips first. Field trips aren't necessary to learning.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
  12. Danny

    First off, this would make me extremely angry. It is not acceptable! The schools in our country are already going downhill with all the budget cuts and whatnot. Why should I have to chose between what to cut and what to save? If we continue to cut from our schools, we will have absolutely nothing left. I think the administrators and officials need to rethink about where they need to save. Education is one place we can't afford to do it.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  13. Jono

    I'm glad I'm not in this position. i don't know what i would cut out. it could change everyone's lives and option about their school and teachers. I hope the economy improves soon...

    March 9, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  14. Ardyss

    I like what Jacob wrote. Being a school official, I'm no longer a child and don't know what kids of the day want, despite what my adult mind may think.

    Honestly, I wouldn't want to cut ANY programs as long as there were children who wished to participate in them, even having little money. The least I'd be willing to do is cut back a little on each program until there just enough money to make everything continue as normal as possible.

    On the side, try to get donators. Every dollar would count! Parents should be able to contribute just a bit for the sake of their children.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:10 am |
  15. Robert

    Personnally I would start later in the day to save energy costs and cut some of the lesser known classes that don't get taken unless forced to do so.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:17 am |
  16. Janell

    In my school district they bought all of the schools at least 2 new sets of computer carts (computers included) this year and now they need to make huge buget cuts. Teachers are getting bought out because the district doesn't have the money to pay them their salary. So I think that they should stop trying have the newest tecnology and start making sure that they can pay for the things that they do need.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:21 am |
  17. Zach

    First off, teacher salaries should not be touched, because they're already at the bare minimum. I would cut back on sports funding, such as giving football teams new unifoms and equipment all the time, and maybe even switch from a four class a day school day to a seven class a day school day, because it would save money in the long run.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:31 am |
  18. Alex

    I Would Cut All Not Needed Tech And Save Money By Serving Better Fresh Food At Lunch, It Would Be So Much Cheaper Not To Mention Tastier To Make It All From Scratch..

    March 10, 2010 at 1:43 am |
  19. Austin

    I think the 4 day weekend would be good, however in might just make the school wekk loonger. What they need to do is keep the week as it is and make the school year shorter

    March 10, 2010 at 2:01 am |
  20. Kylie

    I would probably make classes larger but I would also keep electives like band, choir, and orchestra. Electives are usually the most fun class for students and they get to chose what they do. 🙂

    March 10, 2010 at 2:34 am |
  21. Jessica

    I would cut some of the things that our school doesn't need like laptops for one. We should just use regular comuters. Then to try to get more money I would do a funraiser and say," They more money you raise the more laptops you guys get back."

    March 10, 2010 at 3:10 am |
  22. Jeung

    I'm from South Korea. I'm not sure how things are in the US, but in South Korea, there are many festivals and cleaning ladies. In this case, I think we should cut out some unimportant festivities and clean some of the places ourselves. This shall make some babysteps

    March 10, 2010 at 4:03 am |
  23. Emma

    I live in Japan.
    Many schools in Japan don't have air conditioners or even heaters.
    Maybe it's a good way to cut coast in the US, too. And it's better for the environment.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:44 am |
  24. na

    i would save the day off and cut the school budget.
    because school education's value is very low compare with school expanse. i have better to study in my home not school.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:55 am |
  25. Ross

    I would not cut any jobs or paychecks at all, since teachers have put so much into their job, but I would take away some of the necessities that the school doesn't really need.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  26. Trevor

    I would cut having longer school days by one hour. I would safe the same amount of sujects.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  27. Tabitha

    I think if we have to go to school longer then we shouldn have to come as early, but it seems like a better choice.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  28. Alberto

    If i were in charge i would cut on the wants and focus on the needs such as classroom items, or computers

    March 10, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  29. Stephanie

    We don't need technology to be a better school. We need really good teachers.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  30. NASIR

    If i had to cut anything out, then it would be taking out any field trips, and or making the school dAY 1 HOUR longer than it usually is..Not that i would want to do that though...you didnt here this from me.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  31. Shanasia

    I would start by cutting out all the classes that really wasnt important like Chorus and have that as an extracirricular class that was for people who stayed after school. i would keep all of the key classess that students would need to have so they can move on to the next grade. if by any chance a student didnt pass, they would have to repeat the same year over again. i would shorten the day by cutting out a half an hour making that the busses would not run that much. i would put together some bussess so that less gas would be spent.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  32. NASIR

    I would take out the field trips, & maybe even making school longer, but you didnt here it from me!

    March 10, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  33. Ronak

    I would only like to have 4 days of school and 3 days of weekend. First we stop all sports or add an extra fee to play for a team. Then we should cut down on electronics like laptops , smartboards and projectors. Those are all just wants which waste money. Yes, they help a lot but we dont need them.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  34. Brandon

    Add some time to the school day since the school is already heated/cooled anyways. But take a day off the week and a few days extra off a year. Preferably Mondays because there aren't many sports events that happen on Mondays.
    This way they can start heating/cooling the school on Monday night/ Tuesday morning instead of on Sunday. This could save the schools a substantial amount of money.

    Instead of using textbooks that you have to buy every couple years, you can get a online curriculum..

    March 10, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  35. Brevan

    I think this is a good idea.We could have a three day week and learn during the week and do the worksheets during the weekend. This would save money beacause the lights an computers wouldn't be on saving on energy and money.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  36. Wren

    I think that four day weeks are a great idea. Students would feel a little more laid back and more calm. More kids would turn in work because they would have a three day weekend in instead of a two day weekend. Also kids would be less energetic and talkitive. We might even save enough money to go on more field trips.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  37. Gayathri

    If I was the school officals then I would cut the school day so we would have four days a week insted of five. That way we can save a lot of money. I would save the programs we have in school like computer classes and art classes. I think it is important for us kids to learn and have fun.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  38. Gibby

    I think 4 Day weeks are an awful idea! If we have fridays off, kids are more likely to get into trouble or do bad thngs! They should have activities for kids on Friday (or the day we have off) so Kids won't get into a lot of trouble!

    March 10, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  39. Sheryl

    I would cut maybe some decorations and parties we usually host and make more sales and things for the kids to buy!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  40. Isabelle

    if i were in charge of the school budget i would cut unhealthy snacks from the lunch line. these brands like doritos and cheeze its cost more money than the healthier stuff. i would also cut back the amount of electricity we use by putting motion sensitive lights in.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  41. Shiraz

    i think we can cut all of the electronics like smartboards, and use regulaur white boards. i would save school foundations because it is giving us (the school) money.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  42. Lyman

    Go back to the basics. Schools dont need thousands of dollars of computers. School isnt about the technology, it should be about the learning. Hire better teachers, not buy more stuff.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  43. Sandy

    I would cut some classes, which are not so popular and just have two or three kinds of English classes or math......which means you don't really need lots of kinds English or math classes.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  44. Bobby and Mildred

    Our school was just opened this year so all the classes are overloaded and 2nd semester our school hired more teachers because our classes had 35 to 40 people! so we can really see the recession acting upon our school

    March 10, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  45. reid

    i think schools should not shorten there week becaue by doing that it goes later. some kids and after school activites to go to and if they cant make it because they have to go to school later. Also it is just as much money because you stay as long as a extra full day with the extra time after the orginal school day.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  46. Shanna

    I think making school four days a week, s a great way to save money because you still get the same amount f learning in, but at the same time you are helping your school.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  47. Faye

    I would have the students take a poll to see what their opinion about the subject.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  48. Nick

    I think that schools should first determine which teachers are doing their best in helping students to achieve and then the schools should cut the teachers that have high failure levels. Because if schools rush to save on their budgets by cutting teachers they're not only cutting the bad but their also getting rid of teachers who bring out the best in a student and if they cut out the good too, what effect will it have on us as the students?

    March 10, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  49. Claire

    I wouldn't cut any of the core classes, but maybe foriegn languages or chorus and drama. I think it is important to have P.E. so I wouldn't cut that. I think that getting rid of all the SUPER high tech (like smart boards) could save money rather than wasting money buying them just to have them work as well as a whiteboard.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  50. lizzy

    If I were in caharge of a school, I wouldnt definitley keep all of the main core subjects and I think I would keep chorus, drama, band, art, and p.e. If I had to cut something, I would probably cut out clubs that arent very popular and the same with afterschool activities.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  51. Shelby

    If I was the school administrator and our school was suffering from the reccession i would cut back school books that are not used a lot and use the money for feild trips and to buy more technology.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  52. Parris

    I'm extremely happy with the fact that the school week will be shorter (three day weekend), however, making the school days longer will cost more money because they will have to give us another meal.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  53. chris

    what I would save is the fine arts programs and I would cut some of the sporting events to maybe one or two games in two weeks.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  54. howard

    i think its good for us because it gives us more time to learn new things an i would like to have a shorter school week because i would love to have a 3 day weekend

    March 10, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  55. Efren

    Schools should make days shorter and make lunch after school optional. what i mean make lunch after school so kids could ether go home or eat lunch.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  56. Autumn

    I would have high school student's vote on the least favorite classes to cut ? I would make sure we would not cut the Future Farmers of America program's in school's.When a state get 30,000 acer's or 60,000 acer's per state to build school's and university on it.we should use the wasted land around the school's.with donation's of seed's from farmer's and compony's. If most of the school's had 5-6 greenhuose's on that wasted land for agricultral and planting and havrest and then sale the havrest. To help fund all school's in my state.This is teaching my student's a new profession and careers in development of new science.we can make it happen.......

    March 10, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  57. JOSH

    Alot of schools have extra classes that are not needed to be sucessful in life....schools are paying more money for industrial, woodworking classes then they are for core classes like math, english, goverment/economics, biology. Schools need to stop over paying and start learning.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  58. Jake

    i think that people in the the bussneis world are making tough desitions like if they really like the job but they facing the chance of going in bank rupt

    March 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  59. Dan

    I would cut down a day of school, or make the scool's staring time at around 9:30, so the school wouldn't need to pay for breakfast in the morning, and besides the kids would get more sleep in the morning.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  60. Kevin

    I would make it so we have better teachers and cut the bad ones.I would also make it a four day week so we could save money on for the bus company and school.I would do this because it would help the the school and save them money.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  61. Luke

    I would cut a school day and the art program and i would save the field trips

    March 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  62. Kyle

    Our school hasn't started cutting teachers but I am that worried it might happen. We still have all of our classes. But I don't think we are considering a four day school week. But I would love it.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  63. Michael

    I would cut the positions that we don't need. Some people in my district got cut and I knew some of them personally. I couldn't believe that they had gotten cut. I would save the teachers and faculty that are really good no matter how much they get paid.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  64. brandon

    I think they should cut the least favorite classes and food, mabe even cut some of the staff that is not needed.They should keep the important teachers like math and science teachers.I would try to avoid a four day school week.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  65. Nico

    i would cut the days in the last 2 months of school. I would save the teachers because we need good hard working teachers for us young adults.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  66. Elizabeth

    First I would cut some of the lunch choices to save money on food. Next I would have the students be a part of the decision because this is going to be impacting them as well. Finally I would save on the use of electricity. I would limit the amount of time teachers got to use their computer or television.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  67. Steven

    I would get rid of the things that we don't need like the plasma t.v.s in the cafeteria and I would cut the school week to a four day week.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  68. Andrew

    I would have the kids and teachers take a poll. Then see what their ideas are instead of making all the decisions my self.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  69. Dariu$

    I would have everyone take a poll on which class they like best and cut the other classes. I would also save one of the non favorite classes just in case someone changes their mind. Also i would save some field trips planned for the year and cut a couple as well. Maybe I would cut a couple teachers (if they are mean to other students). That is what I would do. 🙂

    March 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  70. Spencer

    I would keep the 5 day of school in a week, but I would cut the class trips. Also I would raise the price of lunch. If it gets to bad, I would cut the school days to 4. But I dont see our class cutting the school days any time soon.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  71. Conner

    I would cut the more expensive things that we don't need all the time and save the teachers because we need a good education.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  72. Caitlin

    I would let the kids take a vote on who they want to cut!! Then I would save the people that the kids voted for to save and not the kids voted for to get fired.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  73. joey

    NO SCHOOL AT ALL 🙂

    March 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  74. ashley

    I would have majority rule of what the kids wanted to do. And in stead of making the weeks shorter I would make the days shorter.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  75. Betty

    First I would ask the students to have more support on the work and on their education so the teachers can at least get more money. I would cut some school lunches for the students health.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  76. Alysa

    If I had to cut anything at my school i would cut teachers, i would make the classes biger like we have two history teachers and we only need one just cut one and if ones a history and science but you have a science just make the history and science one history and science teacher sciene!

    March 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  77. Jonathan

    I would have everyone decide on whether they should cut school to only 4 days a week or if we should keep it to 5 days a week. Considering people LOVE and I mean LOVE Friday's.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  78. Gabi

    I would just stop buying the new fancy things that we don`t desperately need. We have good teachers, nice books, and chalkboards or whiteboards. We don`t need any shiny new thing to make a proud school.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  79. will

    i think if they wanted to save more money they should stop giving us home work so they dont have to pay money on paper and your back backs wont weight 5 pound or they can get computers and do there assiment on that so they wont have to waste paper and come envirmentral friendly

    March 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  80. Mitch

    If I was in charge I would cut down on all of the brand new school supplies we are getting instead of the teachers. If I couldn't do that I would have the students vote on who their favorite teachers are and that would decide who would get cut. I would make sure not to show the names to the teachers so if the teachers come back, they wont hate those certain students.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  81. Miguel

    I think I would cut some of the field trips and cut back on energy its also good for the environment.Save the good teachers and cut the bad ones.I would also save the books we have now and when we get out of debut buy the new version and save a lot of money.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  82. Ty

    I would have the childeren decide what acidemic classes they like and what ones they dont then I would cut the non liked ones and I would lower teacher salery(sorry teachers 😦 ) and i would raise prices on lunch by 10 to 15 cents

    March 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  83. Baha

    I would cut the laptops that we have. We really don't need them we should just have a couple dozen computers for each grade. Then maybe have some fundraising events.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  84. Anfernee

    I would cut down on smart boards,new computers, and school supplies. I would have the PTA vote on what programs and teachers should stay.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  85. Ashley

    I would stop with the high-tec stuff and go back to white boards and chalk boards. that stuff isnt important.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  86. Daisy

    If I were in charge I would keep all the teachers, they don't deserve to lose their jobs! If I wasn't able to pay all the teachers then I would stop spending so much on the new technology, and spend my money on things the school really needs. We need to be wise on how we spend our money!

    March 10, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  87. Madeline

    Teachers deserve to keep their jobs! If people would stop spending so much money on all the special new technology that people are coming up with we might be able to keep our teachers. If we were to cut jobs I would go into the teachers classrooms, observe them, and see if they meet my expectations.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  88. Dylan

    I would cut down art because they use to many supplies.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  89. Nate

    I would cut down the smart boards because it cost like $1,000 for one of them nobody really needs. We have white board that is all we need. Then we could use the money for getting new rooms for art and music. Right now these classes share the same room.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  90. Oxy

    I would cut the unnecessary things like plasma tv's in the hallways where no one evern pays attention to them. I would also cut the laptop computers that teachers recieved at our school and the money could go to better materials like for instance kleenexes. OUr school cant even afford to give teachers kleenxes anymore because they wasted the on "more important" things.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  91. LIVY!

    I would cut out less time at school. Most students spend more time at school than they do at home, and a shorter school day might turn out to be less expensive than going for as long as some schools do, like mine which goes from 8-3.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  92. Conrad

    I think that we need to stop being so tecky. We have all these Smart boards and commuterized everything! What we need is Smart teachers and good books. That would lower the cost I think.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  93. Dyanna

    I think that if it could help the goverment then we should adding 2 more hours evry day is the same added up to one full day

    March 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  94. Felipe

    I think they should cut a day becaus if they dont have enough money to pay for school then they should take it out. This is also better for me.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  95. jazmine

    Well i think that they should cut school days for at least one day but add more hours to the time we are at school

    March 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  96. Brenda

    if i was able to decide i would tke away Monday's and make the school day longer

    March 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  97. David

    I think it is a great idea for the government to make a four-day weekend because in the future we would truly be saving our country a lot of money. That could mean more jobs for the public.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  98. Troy

    Id cut back on athletic funding like uniforms. I would also try to put more kids on a school bus to cut back on a bus or two.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  99. Adam

    I would cut school to a four day week and get out on friday. It would cut electricity for the school, gas for the bus, and help the enviroment at the same tie.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  100. Samuel

    I would save up the money for times where we really need it. The school system here has made cuts which being that my mom is a teacher it has effected my family a lot.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  101. Bobby

    What I would do is, to take away classes that are not requested as much as other ones. I would promote more fundraising events like bake sales, car washes, etc. I would save the classes that a teen will need to succeed later in life.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  102. Maddy

    I would cut the school hours back as we are going to 250 i would cut it back to 150

    March 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  103. Mitchell

    I would get rid of boring classes and cut the mean teachers. But I would keep all the fun sports. Cut the band and choir cause they are quite annoying except for the H.S one because when we score touchdowns it sounds coll but otherwise I would probably make it a sports school.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  104. Ashley

    i would make the classes shorter and have us only have four days of school. i would also have school start at 9:00am instead 7:35. i would make the school day from 9 to 1.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  105. Dennis

    I myself wouldn't like the cutt of a day. Days longer? No Thanks. But it might be better I'm not sure. I haven't seen anything along these lines so I guess our schools would be lucky. To the schools that have to make cutts sorry...try doing more fundraisers.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  106. Levi

    Me as a student would love to have 4 day weeks but i disagree with moving it to 4 days for ouur education reasons because its harder for kids to remember stuff when its all piled on kids at once. I think diming the lights on cloudy days, and turning them off and opening the blinds on sunny days

    March 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  107. Alexander

    Well if I was the boss of a school I would only cut half a day once a month. I would do that because the kids are not losing a lot of educational things but we are still getting more money than what a usual day gets. But if we have like 7 or 8 million dollars than I probably would cut one day but I wouldn't want to that. But instead of doing that most likely I would cut sporting events first before we let teachers go. The days of the week and the teachers of the school are more important than sporting events. So letting one day off would be the very least thing I would do.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  108. Sabrina

    I think extra supplies should be the first to go. Things like extra musical instruments and technology can be lost. But we need to keep our small class sizes and our teachers. Let's get back to basics!

    March 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  109. Derek

    If i was the administrator of my school and I had to cut something to save money for my school I would cut three days each month but if that did not save enough money I would go to the four day week but add one hour to each school day so that the students will still get the education but we will save money by not going five days a week. But if that didn't work I would have the students vote on what sports and whatever one was the least voted and cut it out of the school program

    March 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  110. Jordan

    I would cut the less important classes and the personal computers and the large electronic white boards. I would have also keep some sports but cut the less popular sports.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  111. Nick

    If I was in charge of my school and we were in a bad money situation I would keep all of the sports because they bring in money for the school. I would cut the band and choir, because they are loud and annoying and the school has to buy all of the instruments, and the teachers money we could save for other things that we need.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  112. Emma

    If i were head of a school, i wouldnt take away any classes i would just cancel one day of school a week. this way the students can still get in their needed education.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  113. Erin

    I think that cutting schools down into a four day week would be best for our economy right now. It would save money on electricity and gas for buses. And, for students [like me] i think we would all enjoy an extra day off!

    March 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  114. Bailey

    Some things that they should do is only have four days a week. And I don't think that we need is those mini laptops. I would also let the kids choose their classes they want to take.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  115. RacHel

    I think that the school should maybe keep some lights off during the day to save money the teachers don't need two computers. And we don't need the smart boards. Maybe some kids should stop taking a whole bunch of food and wasting it.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  116. Grace

    I like the idea of a 4 day week, because it would save gass and money for opperating the buses. It would save electricity and heating for the school, because you would have to heat/air condition it for one less day. You would pay the teachers and workers one less day. That would save a TON of money.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  117. Kierston

    Of course all classes are important to all of us, but some we can do without. Im absolutley fine my weekend starting on thursday.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  118. Abraham

    I would cut the money the school spends on extra curriculum activities. The school doesn't need that. I would do fundraisers to raise money to hire teachers and raise money for the school in order to make the students not pay anything.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  119. Katie

    I think I would cut some bus routes. My bus only has a few people; I know many others could fit. If we combined routes, we would spend less money transporting kids and we could still get the job done. Then we could spend money on other things for the school.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  120. Ben

    I would reduce staffing, stop busing for sports, move to a 4 day work week, consolidate schools and bus stops

    March 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  121. James

    my life is depressing with shorter school days i can spend more time to myself 😐

    March 10, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  122. Bailey

    Some things that they should do is instead of having a five day week only have four days a week. And I don't think that we need is those mini laptops. I would also let the kids choose their classes they want to take.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  123. Bekah

    I don't know what I would cut. I guess I couldn't cut math, ELA, SS, or science, but I wouldn't want to cut the classes like art, band, drama, pe...etc. because then kids wouldn't look forward to school at all.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  124. Britt

    I think that we don't need all of that computerlized stuff, what we really need is teachers that will teach really good and books that will teach a lot. The teachers don't need two computers, because they really only need one.Also we should cut some of the programs that cost money because we don't use them all.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  125. daniel

    i would cut off the lgihts so the light bill will be less. you can see in the dark. or 4 day school week. i woud raise the price on lunch two

    March 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  126. Jenna

    well, last summer my school was not sure if we would be having sports this year. But thankfully, we got enough money funraised to keep our sports going. I hope that we don't loose anything important next school year.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  127. Joseph

    I would stop putting millions of dollars in football and basketball and focus only on the classes you need to graduate. Education gives a job, and a job gives a paycheck!

    March 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  128. Brock

    i would think that making lunches free or a little less money.Also I would keep the emplyes.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  129. Robert

    if we have more then one say lunch room or gym i would cut one of those but i wouldnt take both away.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  130. Connor

    I think that we need all the high powerd stuf I think we just need to listen carfully and if in the old days they could do it then we could do it.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  131. Fallyn

    I think that it is important to keep textbooks in the school system; however, I think that schools still need to be smart about this. Schools need to find good textbooks that are going to be useful. Instead of having 2 textbooks for 1 subject, find 1 really good one. Our school has 2 gyms. I think that we could save money by only having 1 gym to take care of.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  132. Zach

    i would cut 1 day so we could save some money.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  133. jimmy

    i think they should let the kids choose their classes they should have the rights to have electives and specials and everything else

    March 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  134. brett

    I would want the children and teachers to have a vote beacuse I really don't know.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  135. Chad

    I think that the shorter school week is a bad thing because if it dosent work the classes will get bigger and schools will start losing teachers.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  136. Will

    HELLO PEOPLE! We need to cut down on the expensive stuff, and limit spending to the things our schools really need – like a five day school week.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  137. Dalton

    Having a longer weekend would be nice, and longer school days would be worth it. I dont see how it would save much money, because they still have to pay teachers and staff he same, and would overall have the same amount of hours that school is in process, but i dont see how it would make anything worse either.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  138. Kayla

    If I were in charge of a school system, I would cut funding from the sports teams. What people need is a good education, not fitness.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  139. Andres

    I would try to do the same thing as other schools were doing, cutting a day but longer school hours, it could make a few student clash with their schedules but i should work for people that don't have one.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  140. Matthew

    I would go to four days insted of five becuse that would cost money. Students may not like the extra time at school but it would be worth it to have three days of weekend insted of two.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  141. Harry

    I think that I would have done the same thing. It makes sense, as long as the 4 days are longer than they were. That way, the schools don't have to pay for more lunches, and the kids have a much better time on the weekends. I personally don't like getting up on a monday, but on Martin Luther King Day, when we have monday off, I'm very happy to get up and go to school on Tuesday!

    March 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  142. Anthony

    I would cut the school days but keep the amount of hours in school. I am alrady tired of having t go to school for 7 hours why add more.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  143. Drake

    Schools should not cut the days just because of money

    March 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  144. Tim

    I really wish we had a 4 day school week. If we had less vacation, we might get a better summer a the school might get more money.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  145. Michelle

    i think that all students should get the same amount of learning time and no more or no less.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  146. zachary

    I would make it a four day week and just that not make the school days any longer. i would just buy less stuff for the four day instead of the five day.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  147. sarah

    i think that the days shouldn't be shorter because the days would be longer and you wouldn't see your familys as much and you couldn't do sports and fun activites.even though there would't only be 4 days not 5 i still think that we need to have free time to.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  148. Kaitlyn

    I think that the school board is wasting their money on high tech gadgets that we don't even need! We don't need the smart boards or the electric projectors. The old projectors work just fine and so did a regular white board. If I were in charge of the school board, i would cut back on the pointless spending of fancy electronics.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  149. Allison

    I think we should cut some foriergn languages, art, and music. I`m not saying we should cut eveything out of thoses subjects, just thing some of the classes. Like we should cut japenese out of the languages because not alot of people choose that language, unlike spanish. If the school was really poor then maybe cut some sports too, but that would be my last choice to cut.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  150. Sam

    The government needs to see from a kids view. I would love a 4-day school week, but my mom is a teacher and she needs all the work days she can get. The recent budget cuts have effected our teachers horribly. If we have a longer school day it could work out.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  151. Alexx

    Alot of districts tend to Follow By Example rather than Lead The Blind. Everytime somebody tries the old classics that are nutorious for not working and they rely on it to work but end up with the infamous result, complain and complain rather than analize the issue and figure out a solution that could work and end up with some results. If I was in charge I would do just that, analize what hasnt worked and try to find a solution for the problem. Wether that magic solution lies within shorter school days, budget cuts or closing schools and jamming more kids into others to get more bang for your buck is unknown. But its up to the school system to start making more responsible decisions. We all pay taxes but in the end dont see much result. Kids deserve an education, and the kids parents deserve to see their tax dollars going to useful causes.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  152. Nicole

    I think that if I were to change the school system and cut things I think that i would have people vote on the sports that people play in all the time and the ones that dont have a high number in vote would be cut. Also I think that classes that are not necessary would get cut because if we dont cut the classes that are not for need of then there really is going to be more that keep coming and soon we would not be able to afford them. So to me i think that students should have a say in classes that are being cut or some people are not going to like having classes cut but thats what i have to say on people and others changing the school systems on cutting classes.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  153. Honey

    I would have the kids take a surey on their favorite classes,and what easy help the kids .Then cut the least favorite classes, and cut a little real don't need in school funding. I'd save the popular classes.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  154. bri (:

    What I would really do is think about the classes that are actually important to us and cut the extra classes off. If you take a look at different schools you will see that some schools have other courses that they don't have. I would make it so most of the schools have equalness. Like one class we wouldn't need are "taking notes". We also don't even need like three different Social Studies classes. For example in 7th grade we would have Geography, then in 8th grade we would have History and in 9th grade we would have Government. Why not just combine all of those classes together. I would also keep Music classes because it teaches students Math by counting the notes, History but who wrote the music, and other classes.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  155. Brenna

    I think a four day thing is a great idea it builds confidence that its only four days until we get to have a day off and the more confidence the more willingness to do school work. that ups the grades which ups the I-can-do-this in them which gets even better grades. so ya that would work but longer days almost cancel that out.so four days thumbs ↑. longer school days thumbs ↓.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  156. Marja

    no home work and less computer tests and have the fifth grade level (not age) in the same group in math then switch for say if you are second grade spelling but fifth grade grammar then that person would go to those pacific rooms for each subject. that would keep it easier on teachers because they wouldn't need to help the others catch up or keep the smart ones entertained.so they wouldn't have to be payed as much.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  157. Annika

    SAVE THE FULL WEEK OF SCHOOL!!! Do you know how exhausting it would be to have even longer days? I would be so mentally tired after over 7 hours of school. take it from someone who is already tired at the end of a 6 and a half hour long day of school. cut out fancy computers and tech stuff. don't get me wrong.... it's cool, but as Reanna said above WE DONT NEED IT AND WE CAN SURVIVE WITHOUT IT..... just like olden people 🙂

    March 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  158. Nick

    Nothing change my school at all and by the way our cafetiere got re model and no teachers have go fired yet and no 4 week schools.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  159. Kylie

    If I was the Administrative office what I would do is not to spend money on things we dont really need... like if we wanted a better music booth for the school I would hold off until we had more money and used the money on something else that we did need... I would although make sure to keep the electives! Us kids use the electives as a sort of break from the rest of work... Like art it doesn't take much effert but is a great creative break from the core class work... And also I would keep the languages! Learning a new language is a big part in a childs life and will help later on in our lives! I believe the 4 day week is an ok idea but making the classes longer just doesn't make any sense why have a four day week and make it longer, you're still gunna have to pay the teachers about the same amout because your still doing the same as before just in a different way...

    March 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  160. jason

    i would cut school weeks down to just 2 days of school during the week and just have them go to school from the hours of 7 to 5

    March 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  161. michelle

    i would have kids take a quiz about there favorite classes. then i would cut classes. i would cut a little teacher funding.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  162. Robert

    Well, if I was a school administrator being cut short on money, My first move would be shortening the school week to four days opposed to five. Then, I would cut back on school transportation (to and from school) and leave it reserved for kids with either disabilities or kids in the foster system. I would do all of this to try and keep art and music programs open in schools.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  163. aaron

    more school means more money so i would do four days of school instead of five or just go for all half days, and there are kids that are not really doing much work on some subjects and thats really a waste of supply money when the school could be using that money for other things

    March 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  164. mathew

    I'd show the kids the budget and create fundraisers and help our debt out a little.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  165. kevin

    i really dont know i think more after school programs

    March 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  166. Youssef

    i think that the schools should let the sport and musical section to some private associations or company like in many other countries .To me , Sports has nothing to do with school and should be played outside of it ( like in clubs or such ). (Of curse I'm an exchange students here in the USA and my opinion will be very different than other). In that case the team would not represent the school anymore but the town or for bigger one part of the town . The good think is that the school could get rid of all those expenses and let the private take care of it . The bad thing of this is that students should be paying to get into a club and provide for its own equipment. But it never get very expensive anyways

    March 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  167. sharin

    i would cut funding for sports and phys ed. you dont need to spend thousands of dollars on fancy treadmills when you can run outside. athletes dont need new jerseys every year, or anything truly fancy: it all depends on the coach and the hard work of the athletes. also, i think people make to big of a deal about interscholastic sports

    March 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  168. Asic

    As a teacher i would keep textbooks for longer instead of just getting a new set every few years, as a student i would keep pencils longer until they were to short to use, as a school board member i would sugest multiple fundraising ideas, as another school board member i would suggestless teacher aids and fewer exrta activities. And maybe just maybe i would sugest raised prices on concessions

    March 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  169. Teresa

    Well, I agree with the schools that are making their school weeks shorter. It is a very good decision to make the weeks longer, and still learn the same amount that you would in a normal week. It helps save money, and has no negative effect. I would definitely do the same.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  170. Melissa

    I think that this is a good idea because we will have longer weekends with out losing the time we get in class and we will be learning the same amount of stuff.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  171. Tonia

    I think have a four day thing is a poor decision. Students are better off have five days because if we do have a four day school week, the school days will be longer!!

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  172. Marisol

    The idea of having a four day week of school would be a great idea. This will be better for the student sand teachers. So the students should go to their favorite classes and.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  173. Emily

    I think that it is a good idea to have only 4 school days. The kids are going to come back and be willing to do their work. I think I'd cut the budget for pencils and stuff, not music or art.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  174. Berenice

    i think that i would cut school hours from the days so you will have five days in a school week but just stay for less.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  175. Antonio

    If I was in charge of a school I would shorten school days and save important programs like avid.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  176. Matthew

    I would keep the four day school week, but I would also raise the price of lunches by at least 15 to 25 cents.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  177. Zac

    If you can save 1 million dollers by haveing only 4 days of school in a week why not try that and see if it goes well and if it dosen't than just swich it back to 5 days a week. It might also make kids happier to go to school if they only go 4 days of week so than you get better students and more money to do other things. Than if you have more money for field trips and fun stuff kids will want to go to school even more. So than we get even better student. I say we should have 4 days of school in the week.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  178. Brittany

    I would cut down on the teachers, by having each teacher teach more than one class. That way I wouldn't have to pay as many teachers, but all the classes would still be available for the students!

    March 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  179. Bree

    If i had to cut anything from school, i would cut all the activities that aren't nessacary like parties and unimportant field trips. Don't cut anything from the education department because that's the most important part of school. If you need more money, try doing fundraisers so you dont have to cut anything at all.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  180. Marie

    I would get rid of/not buy those high tech smart boards. We don't NEED those, it's not a necessity. Also we can try going to a 4 day school week and see if it works, if it doesn't well then we can switch back to a 5 day school week. In this economy we need to try things that would cut costs. We need to save money, and not spend them on items that aren't necessary.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  181. Bree

    If schools are low in money then they should try things like fundraisers. If not, try cutting the least important things like parties and field trips.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  182. Savanah

    I think we should only have 4 days a week of school bcause then we will have more time to rest and relax and spend with families and friends. We would also have more time to do homework and study for tests.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  183. Jacob

    When you talked about cutting school days down to 4 days a week, Iknow it doesn't sound right but I think it shoudn't happen.If I was in charge of a school system I think I would cut the lunch menu and rid all of the fatty foods and use healthy lunches like vegatables.I think I would save the scool day length.Thank you Carl you're a cool guy and an amazing anchor.Have a nice day.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  184. Ariahna

    well..i think the four day school week would be pretty cool. the stuff i would probably cut would be classes that aren't very important or a class that students don't like very much

    March 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  185. Peyton

    The fine arts at my school are very important, and that is what I would definitely keep the funding for. However, my school has been splurging on a lot of new technological items, and I find it wasteful.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  186. bryan

    i think kids should be more coperative with teachers so instead of making school 4 days a week they can just make school shorter thats why students should be more coperative with teachers so we can get more things done but with shorter days to solve the budget cuts all over the country.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  187. Shianne

    I'd would start cutting down on the field trips and create more fundraisers for our school. We need more money and because of the recession, some of our leaders have not been thinking clearly. I would not make the classes bigger because it not only adds stress to the teachers, but to the students as well. It can or could cause behavior issues from student to student. Also, instead of buying more tings we don't need, I would limit the school's budget.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  188. Ali

    At my school we have some extra-curricullar activities that don't bring us any money such as, cheerleading,dance team,golf etc. I would probably cut those first to save money, and then look into a 4 day school week!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  189. nichole

    I would only make the most important classes and make the other classes be cancled.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  190. Betsy

    I think that we should have only 4 school days because of it wouldgive us more time to study for test also even though we will have to have longer school days it would give us time to spend with our familys and also it would give us time to relax and rest so just in case we got a big test coming up

    March 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  191. Katrene

    I think kids should be treated more toughly. Kids are just way too crazy during school. Kids should be traded vary "grown-up" It would be more smart. Teachers just treat kids like puppies and kitties!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  192. jerry

    this is the stuff i would cut. Art because its an explore class and plus we would live! ! language arts because speech and language arts is the same. i would also cut the teachers pay cut! ! ! by 1,000 dollars. and i would delete the free lunch option!!! and raise the lunches by a couple dimes and breakfast by a couple dimes too!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  193. Zienab

    In a situation like this, I would raise tuition. If I were working, let's say a charter school, I would raise cost in lunch, have fundraisers, and if desperate have a dinner with bids to help our school.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  194. christina

    something that I would cut would probably be the extra curricular things. Then we could save money on supplies.And then save the more important things like the main things students should learn like math, s.s., language arts,ect.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
  195. Kaylee

    My school is changing to only 7th and 8th grade because the school district is closing down a junior high. so, all of our 9th graders are being moved up to high school.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
  196. Alex

    oh the school one oops

    March 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  197. linda

    I think school should be every day and should be one of the top main thing to worry about because kids need school . They should brake
    down on kides. My school is going down, kides won't listing and do there work. They have no respect for teachers and peers. I would live in Germany then here because the teachers are more stricker . I just hope my kides have a better life then my life time.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  198. Areeba

    I think i would have a four day school week because it is cheaper and students would definitely enjoy it. it would give people, kids and teachers, a little bit more time to relax.
    i would also cut down on the smart boards and other unneeded high tech equipment. I'm pretty sure we can all get by with a normal whiteboard, or even a chalkboard.
    i would also start doing more fundraisers and things that add profit for the school.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm |
  199. Alex

    we've had a levy about three times in the last ten years. some of you are amazed, aren't you

    March 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  200. Daniel

    For me i would cut something that our school is moderate at then they could work on their weakest part in school and still be known for their strongest part.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  201. adler

    I truly don't think we should cut anything. All that does is throw kids life's away. If I were in charge I would do more fundraisers than regular.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:42 pm |
  202. Alex

    almost 2/3 of American children are obese

    March 10, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
  203. Alex

    more hours+4 school days=no more money than before

    March 10, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
  204. Andres

    In my state, South Carolina, the state government apparently finds that the best way to cut back has been to take money from education. My school lost about 15 teachers due to budget cuts and we lost important programs like drama and health. Also, due to the firing of teachers most classes are packed some with as many as 40 students. I think the government should find more successful ways to regulate the budget and not have the students pay for it.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm |
  205. Kaylee

    i agree with adler, we should just leave everything alone and do more fundaisers.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm |
  206. Koneko

    I say save the core classes and cut some of the useless classes, like home-ec. and gym. But in doing so, make the classes we keep more interesting and get students more involved. I would also cut some of the sports funding. I have seen it at my school where kids are using out-of-date books, but the sports teams get new uniforms every year and a high-tech new scoreboard that costs about 4,000 dollars.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:25 pm |
  207. Kara

    I would cut some technology. Students can learn without the use of all technology. They did in the past just as well as they are now.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
  208. Maxwell

    They should take away some of the high-tech stuff that they now have in the classrooms. This year my school upgraded all of the teachers computers and we now have their old ones, and they work fine. I'm not quite sure why they upgrded he teachers. This means less improvements for the students.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  209. Ishmael

    Teachers in my school are being fired due to the recession. If I were in charge, I wouldn't fire teachers. Replacing them isn't saving any money.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  210. Skyler

    First of all we know we are still going down the drain money, jobs are i mean we can make a change like the smart boards at some schools like mine we don't need them we are smart enough to do stuff in are minds or on a chalk board all that stuff is wasting are money leaving lights on i mean really my grandma my friends mom and dad almost lost their jobs. I mean for peats sake we could change this world around by turning off lights and and recycling and just helping lowering gas i mean barack obama is raising the taxes and the oil comp. so thats what i think about this hole thing.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  211. Alexandra

    If i were to redo our system, I would use less paper and try to use different ways to teach such as: dry erase boards, chalk boards, and overheads. I would also try a no homework policy on a certain days of the week or month, to cut back on paper usage.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  212. maddie

    your ideas of cutting the unpopular classes are what every student says...if i would be put into a situation like this i would dream of doing that but because my school is competetive...i would have a race between the grades to see who could come up with the most money by having more dances more activites and have the students through a bake sale or something along those lines...

    March 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  213. Carter

    My school was talking about eliminating study hall class and making the school days longer because of people slacking off in study hall. Im all for the 4 day week but I don't want to be in school until 5:00.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  214. Maria

    Schools are the future for us kids, so the government should stop spending money in less important areas! I don't think we should cut education budgets by a single cent.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  215. Phillip

    first of all i would keep all of the needed classes then i would get rid of the classes that are useless such as electives you can probably save plenty of money like that .

    March 10, 2010 at 11:11 pm |
  216. Jacob

    The last thing we need is to cut school funding, seeing as how we (the children) are the future

    March 10, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
  217. Kaden

    A lot of school districts are in the situation they are in because of poor spending in addition to the recession. My school district has a large number of administrators and many of them get paid more money than other district's administrators. My school, which is small in comparison to many, has four vice principals which is highly excessive. Although my school has a relatively high amount of money spent per a student, it is not necessarily spent on the students. Teachers in my districts get paid more than other districts and, although this may not be a bad thing, my school district and others should think about limiting the number of administrators, lowering pay that is exorbitantly higher as compared to other schools, and spending money more wisely, instead of wasting it, before they threaten to stop busing and cut athletics and art programs.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  218. Manal

    Schools should try to keep the main subjects as their top priorities. They should only keep electives a large number of students are attending and classes that allow for college prepatory.Also the government should try dedicating more money towards eduaction in poor schools while keeping a balance in strong schools.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:21 pm |
  219. Kiley

    In Middle School, we have an Advisory and a Team class; those are just extra classes to get work in. If we can get rid of those, it'll be much more easy for the teachers and students, and since the school day would end a little earlier from that, it would save electricity and plumbing.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:25 pm |
  220. Kacy

    i think schools should be the best thing . I think every students goal is about school. future is about school.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:45 pm |
  221. Delayna

    If I was in charge, I would see what classes people really need and what classes are really popular. Math, Science, History, and classes that aren't very popular are the ones people really need. I would probably have a four-day week, too. I don't think schools should cut classes like Band or Choir. Those classes help you do better in other classes and you can focus better.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:48 am |
  222. John

    It is becoming increasingly evident that school districts have been majorly affected by the recent recession. My school district has made some major cutbacks that affect students such as myself. Education is utterly essential in the 21st century and it should be a number one priority among the United States governments local, state, and federal alike. It can be difficult to determine whether or not cutbacks that I have seen will truly affect a student's performance in school or not. Education in its entirety should not have budget cutbacks. To save money, the most logical solution would be to keep subjects such as Math and Science at the top and work budgets from there on their way down to the less significant subjects in schools.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:57 am |
  223. Adam

    Schools should cut things that do not prepare people for later life. I am talking about elementary school music programs and music programs in general. Very Very few people go onto work in the music field and of those people very few of those people make a good living playing music so why should we as a country require most kids to take music classes. Furthermore, if schools cut the amount of time kids spend in school by going to a four day school week there are stopping kids from learning valuable skills that the vast majority of people will use in later life like math, history, English, science and heath.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:28 am |
  224. Rebecca

    Here's a question for you. Why are school's the one's always being cut? We kid's are the future! Don't you think that we should be getting the money to keep school's going? You said yourself how kid's are dropping out affects everyone. Not having money for schools, and cutting classes affects everyone much worse because schools eventually wind up closing because they "don't have the money to keep the school alive". We are losing out on academics that are important for our future, and the generation after us.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:55 am |
  225. Trevor

    First I would cut the schools making the food for the students and make the students bring their own food. I would keep the same amount of school hours and the same amount of school days.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  226. Chance

    Schools shouldnt be cutting the jobs of teachers or cutting classes so then that means bigger classes and most classes are already huge. So i think that the school districts should cut the salary of the superintendent becuase they get twice as much as teachers do a year.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  227. Kylie

    I would probally save is much as I can, Because if we need the money in the future for something very important, than we would have it. I mean, Schools are the kids future!!!

    March 11, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  228. Hector

    If i were in charge i would cut down on field trips gym class and artclass

    March 11, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  229. erica

    i would cut out renewing supplize unless it is compltely un usable and i would ave technoligy...well th etechnoligy the school already has.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  230. greg

    i would ask all the kids that go to that school and say what they rather do for the day and have some ideas for some fundraiser that will help and have a contest witch class can bring the most box tops in for that year and they will have a party in class one day

    March 11, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  231. John

    children are the future to every country and we need to stop cutting school funding because we need to learn.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  232. stephanie

    i would keep all school inrichment programs, because if i dropped them, the school would be a maddhouse. i would let go of some afterschool programs, like the tracl team, beause they have one in the high school, and that takes up alot of money. thats what i would do to save some money.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  233. Andrea

    I would keep all the core classes, then I would have a vote on which elective classes the students like the best. I would take that into an account when cutting classes. However fieldtrips should remain in the school curriculum because it is a fun educational way to teach students and it helps the economy because if we didnt pay for the field trips other people would start losing their jobs and the recession would only get worse.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  234. abby

    I would have everyone go to their normal classes and then have a paper and rate each class. The ones that have a poor rate has to go

    March 11, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  235. Armando

    Public schools are not the government programs that need to fall victim to budget cuts. Schools are the future of our nation and should be the primary focus of federal and state spending.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  236. xavier

    what I would do is I would take a way one or two programs and then I would start fundraiser's and then the school would have some more money!

    March 11, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  237. Anne-Marie

    I don't believe the emphasis should be on cutting programs or jobs from schools, but rather finding ways to make money. For example, allowing businesses or private companies to pay to advertise in school buses or lunch rooms would benefit both the companies and the schools.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  238. Justin

    I believe that all fun programs should be cut from school because school isn't suppose to be fun.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  239. TOM

    i think that we souuld stop spending so much money on technology and cut some of the teachers salerys. even possibly raise school lunches by a cople cents and the only problem is that lunch may not be bought as much.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  240. Samantha

    I would cut a day out of school because then you can save electricity, money, and gas for buses. I would also on a sunny day turn off the lights and open the blinds, but on other days turn the lights on. Have a number of supplies for each grade level. Don't waste money on things the school doesn't need. Maybe even have the school hours shorter. Look at the budget and see what the school doesn't need like supplies or other things. Check prices on different things that the school needs. Start school the day after labor day and end memorial weekend. Which helps because if kids get out of school in June they would be getting out 2 weeks earlier and that would save some money. Even cut down energy costs. Don't have computer classes then schools would be saving energy.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  241. Ian

    I would really like a four day school week. Then the schools would be able to save money and electricity.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  242. ethan

    i think we shouldn't be affected and they should solve the problem them selves.and the schools also should keep the main subjects their top priorities.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  243. Cal

    I attend a private school and have seen our enrollment go up, primarily due to dissatisfaction with the local public school system.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  244. Dillon

    I would cut out the cafeteria food. If everyone brought their own lunch, it would save the school money. The school food isn't that good anyway.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  245. Aimee

    If I were in charge of making these decisions, I would get together a team of teachers, administrators, students and community members and evaluate the courses and programs we offer. This way, there is input from everyone who the cuts will effect.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  246. Christine

    My school is currently being renovated. They are adding in Smart Boards, laptops and lots of other electronic stuff that our school doesnt need. I would cut and remove all of the Smart Boards from our school and stop adding on to the school. I would save all of our classes her because they are important to every student that walks through the doors.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  247. Axel

    If I ran a school and had to make cuts I would make the days longer but only have four of them. I would also probably have to cut out free time in school so the students could get all their work done.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  248. Tucker

    If I were in charge of my own school that wasn't making enough money, I would make all the students in the school help by selling popcorn or doing UNICEF for halloween. If that was to happen, I would cut ten minutes off recesses, and lastly, I would save all the money that the school raised for a very big field trip.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  249. Justin

    If i were to be in charge of budget cuts, I would invest in solar panels. They pay for themselves in time and save a lot of money. Some things i would keep the same would be lunch and sport costs, because are school already has high costs for those things. I mean it costs $2.75 for a piece of pizza at our school!

    March 11, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  250. Matt

    I would cut back on field trips that are not important to the learning process of the students. Also, instead of having electives, have more after school activities and only have the main classes.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  251. nic

    i would have a 4 day week for 6 hours a day. i would cut the use of electricity if it is light out shut the lights off.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  252. Dream

    I think the school district should cut some of the administrators pay. They make bank!

    March 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  253. Daniel

    I think a great way to cut cost in schools is to eliminate the cafeteria. Students could bring their own brown bag lunches to school like my parents use to do. I believe that this could be a major "cost cutter" for schools.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  254. Hannah

    if our school had to get something cut, i would cut the use of paper. we are wasting too much paper, we have laptops at our school now so why not just use a word document and submit it to our teacher? GO GREEN!!

    March 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  255. Tim

    If I was in charge of of my school and I needed to make cut backs I would lower the heat and on sunny days I would open the windows and then I would turn off the lights. I would also try to get lower costing food. I would try to stay away from canceling sports like football and other sports that are the most important to my school. If I had to a would also start to cancel some after school groups like art clubs and things like that.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  256. Sabrina

    i think we need to get rid of all these laptops because there has been to much problems with them, plus if one of them breaks, the school has to pay for them. We need to maybe lose some more teachers because i have been in a class with 8 people but now i am in a class with 27 kids.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  257. RacHel (:

    i think that the schools should turn alot of the lights off and turn them on only when we need them, because there is alot of sunlight out and that lights up a whole room! and the teachers dont need two computers, and instead of useing paper, we could use our new laptops and send/email our work to our teachers! that would be alot easier. and for lunch we dont need all that fattening junkfood!

    March 11, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  258. Dani

    I dont personally see any thing being cut or staff being unemployed. Maybe I dont pay as much attention as I should too my schools educational funding. I think a 4 day week would be great, and it would save money. Then we could add maybe and hour and a half to each day to recover the lost time.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  259. Brittney

    I think we should keep a 5 days of school because if you have a 4 days of school its less of learning, most people are like its just one day it won't make a difference, well it kinda does, we would probaly be home watching t.v when we could be at school getting the education that we need. But I don't think that we need all the high tec. Stuff that we have like chalk boards and white boards would work just as good.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  260. Hailee

    If I had to cut some stuff at my school, I would probably not have given every middle school student their own laptop. They do come in handy but its not completely nessasary to have your own. They could have just told us the websites to go to and gone on them at our houses. Also we have two gyms which is really pointless. If one is used to gym class and we need to have an assembly for a different grade level we could just go to the lunch room. Also [one teacher] keeps the lights off which saves money so thats good.
    However, there are things I would want to keep. If we have smaller class rooms that would not save money at all. It would do the opposite. So the classes should not decrease in number of students. Also the teachers dont really need a computer and their own mini laptop like some have. If everyone has their own laptop then why do we have books for maps when we could just google them?

    March 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  261. Lulu

    The stimulus has affected us extremely, by laying off a lot of poeple in our school.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  262. eliza

    If I had less money then last year, i would cut down on security cameras and other things that aren't as important as others and I would save for things like nutrious meals in the lunchroom.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  263. stephanie

    i would save all of the electives because it gives stuents a break from their day.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  264. sydney

    i would cut 1st period and come to school later

    March 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  265. giovanni

    I would sell the TVs and raise the lunch cost. By selling TVs i would not only profit, but I would also save energy.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  266. Olivia

    If I was in charge of what got cut I would choose to cut how much paper we use. If teachers know they aren't important and are just going to be thrown away later then whats the use? Also, we could get laptops and use them more. Teachers then wouldn't have to keep everyone's papers organized and it would always be right there on the computer.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  267. :)

    Our school has not really had any problems during the recession.But i have been told that next year they may cut the supporting staff such as luch ladies, and janitors

    March 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  268. !ERICA!

    i would cut budgets for each teacher and make school days shorter but school would have to start earler.i would save extra classes that students have a choiceto pick wich class they would perfur.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  269. Trisha

    I would put less teachers and more students in each class but i would save electives

    March 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  270. Talia

    If it was up to me i would cut out lunches and let the students go out to eat. the school would then save money everyday and can use that saved money for something else that we may need.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  271. Mausam

    I would cut school hours to 6- 61/2 hours a day to save everything else. Supplies would be more plentiful and we would conserve energy.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  272. wylona :)

    I am would cut the some of the lunch ladies.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  273. Jake

    I think we are wasting to much paper we have computers at oue own school why dont we use a word document so we dont wate paper.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  274. Melanie

    If my school had to get something cut i think it should be the least favorite class. I think that because who wants to be in a boring class? School's all ready boring enough right?

    March 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  275. eliana

    i would cut the teachers salary about 20 dollars and i would stop things that need money from our school.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  276. barri

    i would cut less money on buying lunch and say more people should bring lunch. i will save money for school stuff.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  277. ashley

    if our school had to cut somthing it would be paper.we are wasting.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  278. Rhett

    i think it would help to cut some of our side classes like computer science (we have 2 other classaes teching the same thing) or just have 1 PE teacher. maybe we could have some more of that multi-trillion dollar bailout? instead of people like Goldman Sachs (who more or less caused the depression).

    March 11, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  279. Chase

    I would eliminate the classes that have the lowest registration levels and require fees for non-essential classes.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  280. Whitney

    If I was a school administrator and had to cut back, I would take away some of the field trips and activities to that matter. With gas prices being extremely high, just cutting back on where buses go could save a lot.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  281. Christina

    I can't think of anything that should be cut from schools. Sports and arts are important for people's future and help them get scholarships. If anything, maybe we should cut out some of our elective options. That way the school doesn't have to pay for supplies for such a large amount of broad classes.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  282. Holden

    I think that schools should watch what they spend there money on, and use the money that they are spending on more important things that could benefit the students and the school. An example would be if schools had more computers and could use them more often, using flash drives to turn our homework and classwork in could save a lot of money that the school wouldn't have to spend on paper.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  283. Jasmin

    We need five days of school so we can learn more and not being tired, in class because of a shorter school days. Having a longer school day will make students learn more instead of learning less.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  284. jenny

    i think we should just cut down on all the things we dont need such as smart boards laptop and all of the high tech things. we can just stick to marker boards and writing on paper.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  285. Marcus

    If my school had to cut something out I would cut out the lights we use way to much power and I know we need to use them all the time.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  286. Jovani

    I think we should cut down on fees for every class. We should also save some energy.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  287. randy

    It should be just 3 days long and 2 hour shorter. or a longer lunch peroid. They should make it funny, too. We get up every morning and get on a bus, just to come to school.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  288. kyle

    I would get ruid of the Fcat because all it worth is for the skool records and Keep skool around because then we can still get our credits

    March 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  289. Courtney

    I think our school should cut the cafeteria. Just think about how much money it costs to pay for the upkeep of the cafeteria and how hard is it really to just bring your own lunch?

    March 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  290. brandon

    i would cut the food and give them less.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  291. randy

    I would cut the feildtrips so they can save money instend of spending it on gas

    March 11, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  292. austin

    I would erase the fcat because it is un necessary and all of the other states don't have it because they focus on other tests that cost less...

    March 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  293. Nikita

    i could cut 1 day and make the extra day for teachers to plan

    March 11, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  294. connor

    If I had the choice I would cut some useless classes like CSI clases and buissness math.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  295. Ben

    If it was up to me, I would start by removing the high tech prjectors and computers. We do not need all this stuff. The older computers were just fine. With the money we save, we can buy more educational things like textbooks and workbooks.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  296. regan

    It seems that every year there are new electives to choose from so I would just leave the electives and stop new ones from being a choice.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  297. kinsey(:

    I would make it 6 classes a day, and have the classes bring in paper and marker and other supplies to class, instead of the teacher buying it. I would save energy by yurning out the light when stwudents are done with the bathroom

    March 11, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  298. Will

    I agree with Courtney about cutting the cafeteria. Over the years they have risen the prices on everything to the point where freshman year everything was 20-50 cents cheaper. Now the people who bring lunch has increased greatly.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  299. Marissa

    I think that we should get rid of test because were using lots of papper soo if we didnt have test we woould be saving papper.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  300. sarah

    Hey i would cut the thing that no one wants to do, somoethings are more important to people thatn other things. People should take a survey and figure out which things we should cut out

    March 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  301. Gabriel

    I would cut back one day and save more electricity and not have to spend so much and i would cut back some teachers.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  302. Travis

    I think schools need to stay in session. We should be adding more time to the school day and school year, so America can educationally advance along with the rest of the world. Instead of cutting time and teachers, schools should look to cut down school run activities: such as sports, field trips, and extracurricular clubs.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  303. Carlos

    They should stop spending on paper and materials, and look more towards computers. Students and teachers should be given laptops, and all work done on there. NO MORE TAKING JOBS!

    March 11, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  304. Joshua

    I believe the days should not be shortened. That would only be cutting our education. Many schools pour money into unnecessary classes but more importantly, waste money on dysfunctional electronics like smart boards and computers. Stick to the basic things like chalkboards and paper. They are probably better than anything else.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  305. Jasmine

    I agree with most of the other people. 4 day weeks or shorter school days. It seems like a good decision.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  306. Sam

    Teachers need more school days. If we only went to math and science, that can't prepare you for every career. And for the rumor about cutting senior year. It's a bad idea!

    March 11, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  307. ERIKA

    I agree with a few of the other people . I think that if I'm in charge of a school I would do whatever's necesary in order to have improvement within the school .

    March 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  308. hank

    I would cut arts. I would save music.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  309. fadile

    i would get rid of tests because they dont really have a good purpose because theere is really not a reason for them when we can do them online and were just wasting paper

    March 11, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  310. dustin

    1 day should be cut for a day off.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  311. dustin

    I would cut projectors and put chalk boards.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  312. ian

    Just take out less buses then no one can complane.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  313. Mia

    take a survey and see what people enjoy most and what they would want to get cut. itt would help more than just cutting what ever ONE person doesnt want.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  314. Souki

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Can I talk? If I could I would say to cut..... homework! The paper is expensive and it is pointless to do hardcopy if you can do it online

    March 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  315. naticia

    If I were in charge I would keep all the teachers, they don't deserve to lose their jobs. If I wasn't able to pay all the teachers then I would stop spending so much on feild trips that are not useful to the students educationn , and spend my money on things the school really needs Like mabye more supplies like paper , books, and computers for students to use.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  316. chuck

    It seems that every year there are new electives to choose from so I would just leave the electives and stop new ones from being a choice.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  317. chardonay

    Hey i would cut the thing that no one wants to do, somoethings are more important to people thatn other things.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  318. noah

    i would make a garage sale and sell all the use less crap

    March 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  319. Shaun

    I think that they should cut art classes

    March 11, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  320. luigi

    i strongly agree with this

    March 11, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  321. sarah:)

    I would cut doing online homework, one becuase its hard to remember to do it, and people are to lazy to write it.But I would use recycled paper instead of whole paper.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  322. Abby

    I would cut lunch, and people will bring their own. No one would mind. We will keep the staff as lunch monitors and at the snack bar. I'd also cut the library from purchasing new books. We have lots, and it would just be until we finish our new high school. The rec center will take care of the rest.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  323. Colton

    ...for starters, teacher's salaries should not be touched at all. They're already being payed at minimum. I understand that sports are the students' life around here, but if anything should get cut to save money for the budget, it should be the sports. That money should go into new books.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  324. Severin

    I think many of the tests that we take at my school waste not only money but paper, too. I think we could easily take more tests on the computer rather than on paper.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  325. Matti

    My school has grade grade split into two teams who have completely different teachers. I think we could combine all of the students in each grade, cutting the teachers needed in half.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  326. Jessica

    I really do think everyone needs to hear this. At my school my teachers are already talking about things such as no bonuses this year. Did you know we have about three flatscreen TV's in our cafeteria. I really think we could do without

    March 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  327. Jessica

    actually 5.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  328. Jimenez

    If i were i charge i would cut on all the buying and spending that the schools make like art suplies new books and field trips its just a waste of money and kids dont learn any thing

    March 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  329. brett

    i think that they should cut all the specials(P.E., art,music, etc.)Keep the very important classes, because it will help you later in life. even though the other classes will help you too.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  330. David

    Well, the recession has affected my school, and the school has cut down on buses and some teachers to save money. I agree with doing that, so that is what I would have done.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  331. Talley

    I would cut health.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  332. thomas

    the school has efected my school we have cut down on busses and teachers, we also have lost some electives and students that were supposed to come here this year

    March 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  333. Em

    I would cut health. no one needs it.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  334. carlin

    save math and cut health

    March 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  335. misaki

    i would be devastated to anser this question but i have to i would most like lean on cutting the meal quality at schools even though some people think the meals already stink i say we cut back on that to save money

    March 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  336. griffin

    Yes the reccesion has effected our schools some teachers have stopped getting supplies and next year teachers will be cut

    March 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  337. Simon

    I would cut some textbooks and practice books that have to be replaced every year and get online books for people to use. I would keep the art and PE classes as they are just as important and are proven to help students do well in school.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  338. Nicholas

    I think that we should start to cut down on field trips and and have at least one field trip a year. I think we could save a lot of money doing this thing.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  339. Brittany

    I think they should cut fieldtrips. Yes they are fun, but do we truly need them, no.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  340. Brianna

    I live in a small town. We don't have a big school like California would. Since I live in a small town, the budget cuts are happening all around my fellow studentsand me. What I would get rid off would be the extra cirricular classes such as: art, student councel, or gym. I'm not just saying this because I hate gym (which I do) but because I think it would save money to not have those kinds of things. One thing that I would keep would be free lunch for kids whose families don't have money for school lunchs. Sure, education is important, but how are you going to solve that math problem when all you can think off is your empty stomach?

    March 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  341. Jimmy

    This might sound a bit controversial, I think we should just kick out all the failing students. That would definately save space, teachers, and money

    March 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  342. Melissa

    Nope, the recession hasn't affected my school in any way and I don't think it will. If the recession was affecting my school and I was in charge, I would cut field trips and the computers in our classrooms. We don't need field trips and we rarely ever use the computers in our classroom.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  343. MacKayla

    If I was in charge of the school system, I would cut the after school activities that hardly anybody do. I would also cut some of the less popular electives Also, I would have the kids do enjoyable fund-raising activities, in which they would actually have a fun time doing. An example being a car wash- girls verses boys. Teens my age love that kind of thing. I would definitely save the sports and arts activities because many teenagers are into those. Most of all, I would want all of the kids to be in a happy, safe environment. -MacKayla

    March 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  344. Camryn

    It's a shame they have to cut things at all. But, I would not cut teacher's salary's. And it's not just because my parents are teachers. I wouldn't cut art or band. Even though they aren't required, they're important. I wouldn't cut teachers either. By next school year Florida has a law that says the maximum amount of students in a classroom it to be 22 students. Uh... hello if we cut teachers more students in the classrooms. I wouldn't cut programs such as gifted or any other program things for kids with disabilities. That will not help education with learning, maybe with money, not learning.
    I would cut on buying new textbooks, I know some textbooks are not great, but we're in a recession. Not for later, just while we're in it, in less it's really needed. I would use fund raiser money or money given to something else besides technology, or to prevents cuts to be made. My school is loaded with technology, it helps and I would like it more. But, we're in a recession and they're buying the latest computers and guitar hero (I guess it's made a lot of money at dances) when we have perfectly fine technology. I guess sports make money, but it seems to me they do cost much. They should go seeing as they're outside of school and aren't educational, maybe. It's not that I don't like them, I'm in track. I'm not quite sure though, just cut them before cutting teacher's.
    I could go on, but I've probably got a short essay here, probably too long to get on CNN student news, whatever. Got to say what I wanna say.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  345. Stevie

    In my school there is a smart board in every classroom,so i will have at least 1 week were you have to use the white board. It can reduce the bill, cause everyone uses a smart board all the time.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  346. Camryn

    Don't cut salaries form teachers, and I don't think that just because my parents are teacher's. They're teaching us, and I could name many things that should be cut, and not them. Art and band shouldn't, those may not be required, but I find them important. Gifted classes and programs for kids with disabilities shouldn't be cut. They are important to those kids. In middle and high school, you don't get what you need like you do in elementary, they should stay because they're important to those kids and how they learn.
    I think these new computers, high tech things should be cut. Come on, it's nice, but we're in a recession, and every time I turn around it's "we've got a new computer lab, " (even thoguh the older computer lab computers were only a year old) and then I hear how teacher's could be getting cut. Teacher's stay. Textbooks are important, but I have classes where textbooks or certain textbooks aren't even touched. In less they're beat up and can't be used, we should wait till the recession is over to use them.
    I could go on, but I won't.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  347. Tara

    To save money I think my school should cut down on sports meets and use less paper. To raise money I think schools should participate in more fundraisers.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  348. Anonymous

    I think that they need something of theirs. As the comment said in YouTube, they should stop taking everthing from us. But I am glad that people are discovering stepping more. it's nice that many african americans are doing the stepping

    March 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  349. devoren

    it has not really affected my school to a point were they take any classes away so its not that bad here

    March 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  350. devoren

    i would cut computars because its just typing and because of how expensive the coputars are but i would leave sports because thats how alot of schools make money and language arts because its just boring

    March 11, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  351. kaci

    If i were in charge i would foucus on the important things first like good books and good computers and help make school to be a little bit more fun than just reading out of books

    March 11, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  352. Mitchell

    I would cut the budget on unnecessary field trips, because even though I am in high school, we still take field trips that are more fun than educational.

    March 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  353. John

    So far, there haven't been any changes to my school. However, my teacher says to expect changes, whether it be the classes to the sports. I just hope that soon it will get better so we don't have to go through that.

    March 11, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  354. Najah

    the recession has not yet effected our school... my school says that they are trying to keep it safe and not do anything wrong

    March 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  355. Lexie

    my school is going 4 days a week because our budget is low next year we are cutting out cheerleading, c-squads, and some new teachers, art is getting cut to only three periods same with Industrial tech. we no longer have musicals either. I think that is unfair. we go tuesday to friday for school days.

    March 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  356. Najah

    the recession has not yet effected our school but if we're behind on the money I'd cut down the use of lights in the bathroom

    March 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  357. Aurora

    Well if our school was in a sunny area or maybe it was just a nice day outside i would have my kids and i shut down all computers, shut off the lights and go outside. i do not think we should cut feild trips because we rarely get to go on them and the kids practically pay for the whole thing themselves.

    March 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  358. Adi

    First of all I don't think that schools should cut down technology classes. Technology will be used so much in the future that schools should start teaching their students technology if they want to have a successful teacher. I believe that schools should cut down sports teams. Sports teams are using up a lot of money that can be used in educational purposes. Besides, if schools want to build future leaders, they should keep more useful classes. The next Bill Gates or Barack Obama won't be a professional athlete.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  359. Brandel

    Every students dream is to cut textbooks and homework... but I would encourage students to save energy, like having some lights on and not all, hibernate computers instead of leaving them on, and having kids bring in textbooks and taking them home so we do not have to buy so many.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  360. YONIC

    F I WAS IN CHARGE OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM I WOULD CUT OFF SOME SCHOOL LIGHTS LIKE THE BATHROOM PUT A SYSTEM THAT AUTOMATICALLY TURN OFF OR ON WHEN PEOPLE GO IN AND COME OUT OF THE BATHROOM I WOULD ALSO DO THE SAME THING WITH LUNCH BUT TURN THEM ON ONLY WHEN STUDENTS GO TO BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. THIS WAY I WOULD SAVE ENERGY AND A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY. IN PROGRAMS I WOULD CUT THE SCIENCE AND BIOLOGY BECAUSE MOST OF THE PEOPLE ARE NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN IT AND THERE CARRIERS DON'T REALLY HAVE TO DO WITH SINCE OR BIOLOGY, I WOULD SAVE MATH CLASSES AND ENGLISH CLASSES CAUSE MOST OF THE STUDENTS CARRIERS ARE FOCUSED ON SOME TIME OF WRING AND MATHEMATICS. THIS ARE THE THINGS THAT I WOULD HAVE DONE IF I WAS IN CHARGE OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  361. Sam

    I'm not in a big school so we don't have to cut anyone to make things better in my school. We could cut back on tuition, and we could save on power by cutting hours.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  362. Chase

    I'm from a really small town...that has a small school and there are many buget cuts going on my school is thinking of a four day week. If I had a choice I would get rid of some extra cirricular activities like band and chior. Because not many kids are in these activities and I think we could save so much money. i would also get rid of some elective classes at my school. I would also cut the teachers salery by about $25.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  363. Rebecca

    I think they should cut homework and get rid of textbooks because with our technology to day we could get homework by email.Extra classes could go to, it would make the day shorter and we don't have to know how to draw or sing to get through life but math and science and social studies are important.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  364. Julianne

    If I had to cut classes and keep classes I would have to take into consideration which classes the students liked more. I would also have to think about which one offered them more credits and which looked better going to colleges. I would want to keep some that are the most popular with the students to keep them happy, but as they might not think about it, I would have to think about which would be the most effective to them. For example, it would be smarter to keep a class like Business rather than keeping a foods class. In everyday life they will need certain skills more than others. Then you would have to think about the more expensive classes verse the ones that are easier to manage. Overall, I would try to keep it within the students best interests and what will help them the most.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  365. Bruce

    I think that the cafiteria should be taken out of schools, so kid will have to pack their lunches like my parents did. People should be able to ride a city bus without paying. I believe those are ways save alot of money.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  366. Sebastian

    I think by taking out extra-curricular activities like band, chorus and advanced art would be really save a lot of my money for my school.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  367. Marina

    I would keep the arts programs (drama, music, band, art.) I think that these are usually the first to go when schools need to save money. Kids need these programs; they are important to them. I would just be careful on what I spent the money on. For example, if he sidewalk in front of the school doesn't need to be fixed right away, don't spend the money to get it fixed. Also, don't waste the money on things that you don't need in your school.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  368. jordy

    i would just cut out the light for 2 hours because everyone love light off

    March 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  369. Brady

    I think schools shouldn't cut gym because they complain about kids being over wieght

    March 11, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  370. Jennifer

    My school has cut summer school. It doesn't sound very smart, but it is motivating students to do better. Anyone that doesn't pass one class in more than two quarter will have to take the class again AND the class you are supposed to do. If you fail in more that two classes, you have to repeat classes. Overall, a lot of people have been doing better and the failing students are now in the C range.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
  371. Varun

    Hmm... I would say to have half-days on Fridays, have students log into Facebook, Twitter, or some sort of networking sites and have the students chat with the teachers. For the students that don't have access to the internet or computers, the school can provide them. This will not have any real effect unless this is enforced on Fridays and Saturdays.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
  372. Chris

    Our school hasn't really been affected but, I think that the school board should take of Fridays. If it saves time and money so we can save on more important things then why not?

    March 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
  373. Ahmed

    I think the main priority for schools is getting people to pass. students don't take school seriously enough.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
  374. Justin

    I would cut the fifth day of school.I think it is a good idea because we will still get enough knowledge if we stay untill 3:30. i also think it would be okay because it would give teachers a bit more of a break.I know they get kind of annoyed from time to time.Ecept my teacher,I`m just kidding she gets annoyed sometimes.I would save money by not having to pay for so many supplies.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
  375. JTE

    I would shorten the school week to four days a week because then you would be able to save money on that fifth day and you would not have to pay for the cost of transportation. I would keep the teachers because if you cut the teacher’s jobs then you would save money but you would also be contributing to the unemployment in the USA.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
  376. Aaron

    I think they need to get paid more because they work really hard to keep there job so I think they have a good job this is what i think schools pricipales

    March 11, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  377. Alexis

    I would cut how much the school spent on cafeteria food and other things that the school could do without, like paint for bathrooms or flat screen tvs...I'd save money from fund raisers to make up for the lack of school funds.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  378. Justin

    i would cut the fith day of school.I think cutting a day will be okay if we stay untill 3:30.I also thinkit will be better for the teachers.Everybody knows that teachers get kind of annoyed every once in awhile.I would save money by not buying so many suplies.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  379. Chris

    I think schools should get rid of the buses that pick up student withen a half mile of the school. It would help the enviroment and a ton of money.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
  380. zenat

    i would turn our fridays into half days, and have half in hour in every class that would make it fair because the students still get the education they need

    March 11, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  381. Nia

    I think i would cut the books because I work a little better when i am on the computer. I would also cut out the PTO stores because that just wastes the schools money! And we need to use less electricity! But i think i would keep the 10 to 12 minutes to watch cnn student news in my class! I love the puns!

    March 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
  382. Ribs

    I would cut hard copies of books and use all of the computers and laptops we already have in our school to study with. I would make it mandatory that all work be done on-line to decrease the costs of paper and pencils.

    I would save the classrooms and lunch time. It is so important to see people face to face and comunicate directly at school since we spend much of our time texting and talking on the phone already. I would also only keep the good teachers.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  383. Tyler

    if i was in the position of the school official i would cut out some of the classes that not many students take. also i would cut small sports that very little of the student body paticitpates in. I would save all the core classes so the students can get all of the skills they need for the world ahead of them. i would also keep all the major sports that many kids particitpate in.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
  384. Tristen

    It might make a lot of teachers and students mad but I would cut most of the computers. As nice as it is to have them they also waste a huge amount of power, which costs $$$! Why couldn't we go back to like it was in the old days when the teachers kept all the grades in a grade book? that would save a lot on electricity!

    March 11, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
  385. Shana

    In my school we dont have enough books for the children because our school's bad spending. Instead of keeping us in class and learning about things we truly need to know, We take field trips, and have starbucks kiosks and 3 dollar breakfasts. So now that the econmy is in a recession They have to rip our parents off to make up for their own mistakes. If i were head of my school id take away the starbucks and chick-fil-a and purchase school books and desk for my students.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:49 pm |
  386. Jackie

    Well the recession has affected my school. The language clubs were cut, and other things disappeared too. If I was in charge of the school system at my school, I think I would have also cut most clubs and maybe classes that aren't really popular/needed for high school students. I think because of the recession, my school is going to change the schedule next year, to add time to classes in general. I think that's pretty smart actually.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  387. Anna

    I think the school should eleminate some of the sports and clubs, I mean extracurricular activites are important but right now I think the most important thing is learning from the books. The school should also eleminate the tech boards. At our school we have a tech board in every room and there is nothing wrong with going back to the white board.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
  388. Hashwinder

    There are two things that I believe that schools should keep. Field Trips and mascots. They make school fun.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:05 pm |
  389. lauren

    I think that i would cut homwork and some of the gross school luches.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:06 pm |
  390. Joey

    If I were in charge I would cut at least on day of school per week and have longer days that go to 4:00 I'd try to save enogh money tochange the school year back to normal.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm |
  391. Andrew

    I would cut Computer classes because, most of us kids these days are already in touch and know how to use computers. We could use that extra time to add a study hall for everyone to catch up on their school work and maybe get better grades.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:33 pm |
  392. KRISSY

    Thuis has not yet affected my school but i would let students pick what classes the wont but the ones that they need in everyday life like math but why should we have to cut school weeks it makes sences urelly have to think what you are doing for the students you can not over work them

    March 11, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
  393. Zienab

    I would do what some schools are doing now. I wouldn't cut one whole school day, though. I'd do half days on Fridays, or maybe even Mondays. Also, I'd put more students into one class, and cut out some useless classes.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:40 pm |
  394. Blake

    The hard time hasn't heit our school but we have to start coping stuff more so if I had to say what hit our school is the cut back on paper & ink !! 😦 but I guess everything is AOK 🙂 🙂

    March 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  395. chris

    its not good that this is happening, before you know it their will be a little amount of teachers or even students at schools

    March 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm |
  396. Zienab

    I would do what some schools are doing now. I wouldn't cut a whole day of school, but I'd make Fridays half days, or maybe Mondays. I'd also cut out some useless classes.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
  397. Max and Jacob

    Our school has cut down alot. Our entire grade has been reduced to only three teachers (as opposed to six). So now our teachers cover two subjects each. The classes are now about fifty students big and our touch screen whiteboards have beeen taken away and half of our busses have been sold for funds.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  398. wesam

    first of all i will cut the funding for some sports and use the old jerseys from last year. then i will save for some extra Curriculums for the school because many colleges look at that a lot.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  399. Laiali

    It's a pretty hard decision on deciding what should stay and what should be cut off but I would have to say we should cut down unimportant electives (i.e. art, second languages, health etc.) I know many students will be disappointed ( like me) but we “ gotta do what we gotta do” to save our schools!

    March 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  400. Jemban

    First I'd follow the 4 day week schedule. Then, supplies would be minimized. I would definetely maximize all proceeds going towards the cultures and social studies department, that is most important

    March 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  401. Iman

    Education is important and I believe that we should save classes that we need in our future and cutting extra curricular activities that don't educate us and waste money.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  402. TyJanae

    I would cut the less important things and save the core classes because school is for education. Keep normal lunch and recess though because less people will come to school without a little socializing.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  403. Castillo

    Well, Carl first of all I would save most of the money to go to staff and less money for supplies but I would clamp down on the condition of books and other material; like daily book checks and desk checks. Then I would raise the lunch prices depending on the parents income or the guardian of the child. Then I would take out any classes kids don't like and let go of those teachers. I would make the school EcoGreen as possible to consume energy and that would just pass. I would also join foundations that would help our school out more then having a negative effect.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  404. TyJanae

    I would cut the less important things and save the core classes because school is for education. Keep normal lunch and recess though because less people wont come to school without a little socializing.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  405. Rachel

    I think that schools should take out specials like art and music. The kids that really enjoy them could take classes outside of school. Althuogh, schools should keep physical education because that will only add to the problem of childhood obesity.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  406. Rachel

    I think think that each teacher should take a small rise cut. Believe or not, but that it will make a huge difference. It will also save a lot of teachers thier jobs.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  407. Alex

    First, our school bathrooms stink terribly and we don't have the money to fix that. Second, our gym gets really hot and has no air conditioning. I think this might be a problem for athletes who are in there 24/7. Finally, the money that we do have is used on useless things like like benches which we can get when we are out of a recession.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  408. Rachel

    I think that each teacher should take a price cut. Believe it or not it will make a huge difference. It will also save a lot of teachers thier jobs.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  409. Qasim

    I would cut the classes that very few or no students take at all. Like in the high scool my brother goes too, they were thinking to take out the italian language classes because they had some budget cuts. I would also tell the teachers to mantain the things thay have properly so they can keep it for another year or two, hence if we do that money can be saved for upcoming years. Which if the economy gets better, we can have more activities later on.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
  410. Rachel

    I think that all classrooms should not have thier lights on. chool hours are during light time so why waist the electricity when ew don't need it.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
  411. kathryn

    Though these sound like little things to do, i think schools could save money by doing simple things like shutting down un-used computers, using chalk boards instead of projecters, and turning off classroom lights when no ones in the room. Saving electricity saves money and it helps with the going gree movements. I dont think i can really say what schools should cut because in highschool theres usually something for everyone and taking that away will take away a special activity from one kid even though another kid might find it useless.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
  412. Megan

    I believe that we could cut different programs such as music and art... I would understand that a school would like to keep them as an elective like they do in high schools but not have them as a mandated class for the students. Also my school is doing this, but I think that more schools around the United States should do this, and that is to send all messages such as attedance or updates to things going on throughout the day through the computer. Students and teachers have become so dependant on computers anyway so why not.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
  413. Rachel

    I think that all classrooms should not have thier lights on. School hours are during light time so why waist electricity when we don't need it.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
  414. Courtney

    I believe that schools should cut down on electricity usage in order to save money. Instead of flipping the lights on, open the curtains to let the sunlight in. Maybe have some outdoor classrooms. Certain courses such as fine arts, driver's ed, and athletics shouldn't be the first to be cut just because the school is a little short on cash. Lots of kids really look forward to those classes and they shouldn't be deprived of what they love.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  415. Natalie

    My school has definitly been affected. Increased class sizes and less paper. It is outrageous. I think the school district needs to stop doing theses state tests like CRT's, interum's, proficiency"s, etc. It is a waist of money. Isn't it the teacher's job to know what we know and what we don't know. By cutting theses tests we'll save thousands maybe even millions of dollars.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:38 pm |
  416. Dajiah

    Cutting things from schools would just upset students more than they already are. I don't think we should cut things from schools, we should just manage our money better.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:52 pm |
  417. Zakiah

    I would cut all the things that aren't important like the T.V's and stuff that the school doesn't use a lot , but I would save everything that did matter like and that the school uses alot

    March 11, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  418. Noel

    The Recession Has Affected Everyone In All Aspects,
    I think cutting back now before it gets too much worse is the smart thing to do. I would go to the 4 day week plan, I would cut back on teaching equipment thats not necessary such as "smart boards & etc", in some way we are going to hurt from this. we just need to find the most efficient way to do so.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:10 am |
  419. Nadia

    I think I would cut down on the school weeks. I think that if we had longer days, it would be much better. And let everyone one chose what THEY wanna cut. That would be so much better.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:14 am |
  420. kyle

    i live in a pretty big town and my school has no effect but if i had to cut costs i would have to "lay off" a teacher depending on how high their student CSAP score. Also i would cut the cost of how much school is because i get told all the time"you are the future if you dont suceed in school then you will not suceed in the future." When i go to school i dont like it.although i know that i don't like it but in the future i will have to have a school degree to get a good job.so i will need to get all these lowered in my countyto do all that.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:17 am |
  421. Carlos

    cut everything except the essentials like math, english, and science
    it would turn out a lot better in the long run

    March 12, 2010 at 12:36 am |
  422. Zachary

    No we have not made a big decision.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  423. hunter

    I think it is great to change school days and hours.I think we should do 4 days each week and a little longer school day.I think we should not cut field trips, do the field trips in the beginning of the year.They should do the pssa at the end of the year ,like we do now!

    March 12, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  424. Trent

    I think a great way to cut cost is to not have as many field trips. I think that will save a lot of money.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  425. Aespen

    I think students should bring their own lunch 2 or 3 times a week. This would save money.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  426. Adrian

    Fund raisers:car washes and concerts etc. Students should be proactive to save their schools.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  427. Brianna

    I think we shold have an old school fair, where parents build stands selling drinks and homemade items. All the proceeds can go to the school.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  428. Harris And Sloane

    We would cut unessary programs like after school activites, feild trips, funding for sports teams, wood shop, and less technology like projecters, smart boards, and no more buying unessary items.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  429. michael,kenny

    We would get rid of the alacart line and smart boards. But keep classes.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  430. carron and jamie

    i would cut the cost of books and all that stuff andget computers for everyone.(buti think their already doing that

    March 12, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  431. drew and marcelino

    Iwould cut off smart boards and toach screen computers.that is what we think you should cut i mean who realy needs that stuff anyway.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  432. ali:)

    I think we should not go on as many field trips because they cost to mush $.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  433. hector,montei

    I would cut the football teams because you have to pay for everything you play with.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  434. Ethan and Jared

    I think we should cut back on the least important stuff like new basket ball hoops and other outdoor stuff when we have at least five of these cool stuff.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  435. Taylor and Hannah

    We would cut back on field trips and supply more fundraisers also start school later and end early.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  436. Sean & Chris

    I think we should cut the eogs because they cost alot of money and we just throw the paper away,we should save more because the more students the more money we get cause they have to pay taxs and the taxs come to the school.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  437. Elaine

    I would probalbly keep the computer and P.E classes, but I might cut some of the other classes and mabye I would even cut some feild trips. I might even switch to 4 day school weeks and that would save on paying teachers.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  438. colton

    The recession has not hit our school yet but there is talk of other schools around ours making a 4 day week. I think a 4 day week is a good thing. Students need more freetime. If the week is shortened then students will neeed to study more on the weekends.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  439. elijah

    I dont know

    March 12, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  440. Cathryn and Harrison

    We would make the days shorter. We think this would help preserve energy. We also think you should have paper limits because it saves trees and we don't waste as much money.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  441. sarah

    i would cut back on buses, and save teachers.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  442. Dino,Nico

    Yes. making budget cuts and cutting teachers.Some things we can do to help our school is make school days shorter.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  443. Connor

    I think we should go to school four times a week so than we can cut down on gas and the children will want it too.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  444. Kasey&Treven

    If I had to cut down on something it would cut out feild trips.
    I would take one day off the week so that we wouldn't have to pay for lunches and pay for bus fairs.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  445. Max and Alex

    Hello, we are at Poter Rigde Middle. I think we should take off some hours of school so people will save money. We should also try to make our own lunch by buying the products we need to make the field but, we will have to send out forms about peoples allergies.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  446. Lukas & Sara

    If me and Sara had to cut budgets we would make it so no homework because homework wastes paper, and paper wastes money. We would also only come to school for 5 hours a day instead of 7 that would save energy witch saves money.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  447. andrew

    I would cut of feild trips so i can save some money for programs.i would cut down to half a day to save energy.all this will help save gas money an other use that are not free

    March 12, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  448. cassie & Carolina

    Carolina: I would cut school lunches for people that can bring lunches. But if they didnt have enough food at home I would have lunch ready for those people only. Also I would make 4-day weeks.

    Cassie:)I would cut school fieldtrips & have less teachers & larger classes.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  449. matthew and karina

    our superattendents are tring to cut back on students. I can't disagree on this because there is a lot of students here, the average class holds at least 30 pupils.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  450. delaney

    I think that we should cut high priced things. I mean basketballs ordered from sports .net order now , are just as good as the ones from walmart! But they cost less. simple things, such as packaging costs can be cut down with simple replacements.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  451. Taylor

    I think that we should cut afterschool programs and not that many field trips and do not waste money on stuff we do not need. And we need lest school hours

    March 12, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  452. Jamey& Kennady

    I think i would cut.......buying extra laptops, throwing away extra food and, serving leftovers! I also think i would cut buying extra staff that wont do anything but you have to pay them anyways.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  453. cullen

    I agree you should cut the classes most kids don't like and save/keep the ones kids enjoy!

    March 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  454. Vince&Casey

    We think that band should be dropped,and soccer will be cut.We will save football,baseball,and basketball.Then make it half days so we wont have to pay the teachers as much as a full school day.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  455. takara & althia

    i would cut some of the clubs,and i would have half days so you dont have to pay so much money to the teachers and the cafeterias workers the hours would be shorter

    March 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  456. Laura and Ricardo

    I think that the school should pay less to the cafeteria people and give them shorter hours to work, in other words cut their budgets. We would make a fun raiser to help the school succeed in the future and give the students more opportunities.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  457. candace and adelwy

    field trips are good because, it's fun and they should not cut it.
    kid's enjoy it they get out of school for acouple of hour and they dont work.also i think that they should cut less homework for students. cut the school hours get in to 10:00am to 1:00 pm.they should cutt of 20 minutes for school lunch to 1 hour. us kids will like to have more recess time so that we can get more exercise and get more active for sport activities and other things.they should also have parties to get hyper and more free time to talk to friends and bring stuff for the parties. we should also get more free time to talk to friends. we should get twenty field trips because, sixth graders only get one filed trip a year and fitfh graders get like 5-8 field trips during the school year. we should also watch movies or try to when we get free time and when we eat treats when we bring them or earn them. this is my all my reasons from us thank you for reading :D.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  458. Vince&Casey

    Insted we put no homework or math.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  459. Catie

    I think that my school should stop spending money on the flat screened T.V's and other things we don't need and get more space for our school it it overcrowded. And we should also have less homework because we get home at 4:20ish we don't have enough time to do it, we need to get to do what we want to do.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  460. Julia,Monica, and Ian

    i think we should cut down on electricity and water so we could use a certain amount of water a day! we can also make school lunches a little cheaper! i think we should also cut down school hours to save more energy in the world. we can also cut down on extra computers that we don't need!! all those flat screens and touch screens that don't really help our learning!

    March 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  461. dalayne

    I think we should have a day were everyone drives or walks to school.we should not have a lunch choice or pack your own lunch. They should not make school longer they should just do school everyday for 6 hours everyday except for weekends.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  462. Sarah

    I believe that students should have less choices at lunch. A lot of money goes into student's lunches each year. I'd be fine if schools got rid of lunch altogether. The children could just bring packed lunches each day.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  463. kylee,paris&sarah

    I think we should just have 2 teachers for each grade
    they have to many teachers and pay then to much. we save the money that we are paying them.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  464. paris,kylee&sarah

    I think we should have a day were everyone drives or walks to school.we should not have a lunch choice or pack your own lunch. They should not make school longer they should just do school everyday for 6 hours everyday except for weekends.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  465. janelle

    I think they should let kids only take brown bag lunches, because it can make the school more money, and not waste a lot of money.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  466. daijah

    I haven't seen any of my teachers get fired. I think it's great they haven't got my school because if they did that would mean we would have more students in one this and it will be to hard for the teachers to teach "400" students in one hour.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  467. Megan

    If I were an administrator I would've cut off a day of school. Not only would it be fun for students, it would save money for the school. Another option would be to move classes. If there is a classroom this is not even half full, I'd move students into those classrooms for less electricity use. My school has shut off hot water. This saves money on th water bill. Also if I had to, I would have students help buy supplies for the school. Like paper, notebooks, tissues, Germ-X, paper towels, etc. Thats what i would do.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  468. Nick and Austin

    We would make the day shorter and take out a class that isn't very popular.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  469. DAVID and Jordan

    I would cut school supplies. I would save more money .

    March 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  470. federico and mackenzie

    I would take out the really high tech stuff like smart boards. They are very expensive and projecters and overheads work great. I would also cut down on school hours.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  471. Daryn

    I would cut unnecessary frivolities like extra food or snacks served at lunch, and possibly have to cut out any field trips.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  472. morgan and greyson

    morgan: i would cut out the flavored water machines.

    Greyson:i would stop makeing kids pay so much for school lunches because we pay the school so much already off of fundraisers.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  473. Grant

    Hey carl i would cut back on school hours the days is to long and I get tired before the day is over and I do not pay as much as a attenion during class.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  474. Corine & Stephanie

    Our school is overcrowded, and the school is planning to transfer some students to another school. When they transfer students, they should also tranfer teachers to other schools, so the school doesn't have to pay as many teachers.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  475. Javonte and Ashley

    Javonte: I would cut the day hours short so we could save the electricity and that would save money when we pay the light bill.

    Ashley: I would shorten school hours and cut back on some of the extra curicular activites that wouldn't do much for the school, like the Golf Team and the BETA Club.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  476. Aleigha & Annabelle

    aleigha said: i belive we should cut plasma screen tv's why do we need them in the hallways.
    annabell said: we should also cut school time ( 9:00-3:15)

    March 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  477. Peyton and Matthew

    Peyton: I think schools should have shorter school hours to save power. I also think teachers should get paid less to save money in our school or country.

    Matthew:I think lights should be off in classrooms at school that are not being used.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  478. Jason and Alexis

    I think we should get rid of the people that cause trouble all the time and move them to another school.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  479. Shelby

    I think schools should cut back on field trips even thought they are fun I don't think we should lose something as important to the learning environment as teachers or classes

    March 12, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  480. beverly , irvin

    beverly : I would up grade all of the school lunch money. i would also have some kid in the school to go some where else.

    IRVIN; I would shorten school hours and no field trips.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  481. Jose and Algenis

    we would cut back on food and make school shorter

    March 12, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  482. Connor and Larry

    Connor / If I had to cut something to save my school from imploding I would cut the power after school every day forty five minutes after school let out. Also I wold fire the uimportant secondary related arts teachers and get rid of the class.

    Larry / If I had to get rid of smart boards and other accsories we don't need.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  483. Brandon & Jennifer

    Jennifer: I think that we should cut school hours to save power

    Brandon: I think we should cut school time same as Jennifer.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  484. Julia and Mai

    Julia: I think that we should have to bring our lunch because it

    wouldnt make much of a different for the students such as the ones

    who bring their lunches all ready. It would make alot of difference for

    the school system though becuase they would not have to have a

    kitchen in the school or pay for lunch ladies or have to pay for the food

    they have to cook now.

    Mai: I think they should make the school days shorter. I also think

    they should make the scools bigger so they do not need more

    schools. More students would be able to go to the school. They

    should also get rid of the smart boards.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  485. Sarah

    I think that we should cut out lunch so we can go home earlier. Or cut out costly fieldtrips- yes students like to go on them but they are not neccesary.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  486. kyler & nancy

    hey we are students...and yes this does involve us and its an awsome school and we want to stay here

    March 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  487. Josh

    I don't think that we should have no changes at all, maybe we can have more healthy sponsors to get more money, but I think kids should have a chance to prove themselves.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  488. Kaelyn

    I would keep art, shop, and home-ec, ect. Because thats a place where kids that dont do sports can express themselves. I would cut chess and scholar bowl. Because kids dont really enjoy that stuff as much as other things. They are just things we kids do to keep occupied. There isn't as much meaning to those as other extra-curricular activities.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  489. Sam

    I feel complete sorrow for everyone effected by the school colsings. My school is turning into a ninth grade acdamy. I hope our schools aren't closing. I know that kids my age need an education. I hope the government can realize that.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  490. ajh

    I think we need to spend our money on things that we need, like what the school as a whole needs. I don't like the idea of moving kids around a lot, to different schools and such...but I do think having less schools with help with the budget. I also think cutting down on fieldtrips that cost the school money, is bad. One fieldtrip a year is enough. I think that the students should pay their way for the fieldtrip or at least part of it.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  491. Ger

    What i would do is start school later then at 7:00, so like at 8 or 9. This should save money on heating bill cause it gets very cold in the morning sometimes, at our school at least. People maybe even be able to eat breakfast at home instead of at school because they have more time to cook their breakfast instead of waking at 6 am to cook breakfast.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  492. kaylin

    If I was a school administrator I would cut Fridays from the school week and maybe closed a few schools. If we were to cut Fridays form our school weeks it would save money. It would also save money on bus transportation.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  493. Janelle

    I think the smartest kids should go to a higher grade, and the unsmartest kids should have help with their work in school. Also, I think that everyone in the schools should bring their own packed lunches because the Cafeteria spends a lot of money on food and drinks. Also, I think the schools save a ton if money, and maybe some of the schools can donate the money to Haitia,Chile and the other really really bad Earthquakes,Tornados,and Harricanes in other Countries and States.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  494. Leah

    I would start school later, cut one day out of the week, and make bigger classes

    March 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  495. Margo

    I think that the schools should tell students to pack their own lunches when we go to school, it would save lots of money, and by not throwing our plastic trays and lunches in the garbage, it makes the earth greener at the same time.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  496. abu-rayyan

    put the cut down on stuff like new text books every year and insted of 4 or 5 field trips to 1 or 2and sports that littel to none go to i know my school have a lot of usless classes cut thoughs out as well

    March 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  497. Stephanie

    I think the recession has affected many schools, teachers and students since the economy is very bad.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  498. Stephanie

    I think the affected schools should put energy-efficient bulbs to save energy, use the same textbooks instead of getting up-to-date ones, not have that many field trips (even if it's fun), take out special classes such as art, music, physical education, but not classes for foreign students to learn about how to speak English, take a quiz as a class instead of wasting paper,ink, and energy from the computer, use recycled paper, make students bring their own lunch, stop the use of high-technology things such as smart boards,laptops,and flat screen televisions, keep fives days of school per week so students can learn more and help the economy when they graduate college with a good job, promote more sales such as car washes and bake sales, use car-pooling instead of buses, and use the library books that the library has instead of buying more books. If students in the old way learned with no technology, then so can we. Education is the key to our futures.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  499. todd

    I think make class shorter and not mondays so we can have more money for other things like band and strings.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  500. Eric

    This Problem Has not faced my school yet as far as i know, but next year i heard they are cutting some teachers that have a bad report. I dont like that at all. I think we should all just find the easiest way to get the cheapest but most effective school supplies like books, and reuse things that can be reused. that will save alot of schools alot of money.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  501. Sara

    I really dont know what I'd do. It's a tough choice to make and should be thought out carefully.
    One thing that i would like to do though, is to cut gym for thoughs who already are in a sport. We are already in shape and everything, and i think it is a waste of money to teach kids who already are and know how to be fit, to be fit.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  502. Penelope

    In my school, I would cut some classes. Or i wold make them shorter. Also cut back on activities. I would keep the teachers though because they need there jobs.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  503. thomas

    i think that if i was in charge of a school and we had less money i would definately cut i would replace all the desktops with laptops. and also i would get rid of some lunch ladies and make it like a make your own sandwich bar. also i would do more funraisers for the school and maybe have the cooking class have a bake sale of the things they make in class.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:12 pm |
  504. Sarah and Isabel

    We believe that classes should be combined. That way you won't have to pay as many teachers. You can use the money for more important things.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  505. Jessica

    I would cut out all the unneeded classes such as Drama, Technology, Art, Home Economics, Computer Apps, and Health. I would save Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Foreign Language.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  506. Ryan

    At my school, we no longer have a book clerk, and we have to fill out cards with book numbers and bar codes, and teachers are responsible for text books. I think I would choose to cut spending on food. We can make our own lunch, and the school doesn't have to provide food for EVERY student. Another plus: homemade lunches are often healthier.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  507. Ittle

    If I were in charge, I would make a school-wide vote. Each student would get to vote for which sport they want to see get cut. I'd also cut expensive lunches and cut a quarter of the after-school programs to save money on lighting.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
  508. chelsea

    i think they should didnt cut school shorter cause kids would have to wake up later some may wake up and it would still be dark out side not very safe and teachers would the paychecks would be cut shorter and some might even lose there job

    March 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
  509. jennifer

    I don't think it's fair to cut any classes because what some kids dont like, they may be favored by others. I believe the government should make it where there are no budget cuts. Even though we are currently in a recession, we shouldn't be trying to alter everything. we should just keep classes the same.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
  510. Hayden

    If I was in charge of school, I would try to raise awareness around the community and the whole state to do everything I could to prevent major cuts or closure. To save money quickly, I would start by cutting clubs or sports, but to fully close the school seems unnecessary. There's got to be ways for the state to cut spending on useless things to save the future of our country: our students.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
  511. Drew

    My school has not been affected but my old school had to loose some of its staff.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  512. Kailey

    I would start with some of the bad teachers. I wouldn't want to waste my money on someone who isnt even doing there job it would be a waste of my money... I would save all the good teachers because they are worth keeping id=f they are doing a good job

    March 12, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  513. james

    my school has been effected by them cutting field trips and teachers

    March 12, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  514. Kinzer

    In our school, prices of lunch items have increased by about ten cents each. I think we should cut back spending on all of our extracurricular activities. We waste way too much money on t-shirts, new stereo systems, and other non-beneficial materials.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
  515. Lillie ( :

    Tons of schools are trying to go green, but it is making schools broke! I know some schools that are getting plastic lunch trays, but of course kids will throw them away, and even if they notice it, who wants to dig it out? Schools are spending money on anything that says green on it and it is crazy! We could be saving up money for sports equipment or a big school activity, but instead they are buying Go Green pencils for everyone in the school which cost like $400 or tiny plastic lunch trays! Go green or go education?

    March 12, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  516. Lillie ( :

    Schools are spending way too much money on green equipment like plastic lunch trays. My opinion is go green or go better education?

    March 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  517. Shane

    Instead of the school buying new textbooks every year for each student,buy them once and reuse them each year.

    March 13, 2010 at 12:04 am |
  518. Isabel

    I believe that schools should cut down on school supplies, so instead of providing students with the supplies, they should bring there own things.

    March 13, 2010 at 12:56 am |
  519. Viviette

    I think that I would cut the days and make them shorter... I might also cut down on extra curricular activities for schools in my district.....

    March 13, 2010 at 2:27 am |
  520. Austin

    I just dont know having less days of school would be good but then we wouldn't get as much time to make up for stuff we missed.

    March 13, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  521. Noah

    I would cut after school programs. If we don't have enough money, why spend it on that. I would save all normal classes, and maybe recess.

    March 13, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  522. Trey

    I would cut the prices on lunch and breakfest and maybe cut the cafeteria so peole can just bring their own lunches.

    March 13, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  523. Josh

    I think a way to cut costs is to use less paper.Also you could bring your own lunch to your school.Thats what I think would be a good way to use less money.

    March 13, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  524. Quintessia

    i would conserve energy by using l.e.d lights and unplug things that are not being used which cuts up to 20% of our energy bill down.

    March 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  525. Veronica

    I would cut field trips, lets face it we don't really need them. I would also cut health class, it’s completely pointless. I would try my very best to keep the extra classes because I know how much some people enjoy art class, gym class, sports, clubs, etc. I would probably make a few adjustments to the classes to save money but not cut them fully.

    March 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  526. ripjaw

    i would just try to save as mouch money as i can, or... i would just let friday be a no school day

    March 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  527. Mariah

    Well , I think we should cut off some of our school feild trips and save up that money and we should pack our own luches. Also we should birng our own supples so the school distric wont have to buy us any.

    March 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  528. Morgan

    I would probably cut things like all of the unnecessary things. Things like choir, band, athletics, activities. None of these are essential to us students primer education. I'd save the basics, the building blocks. Science, social studies, math, language, foreign language. I'd also keep things like lunch, but raise the prices.

    March 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  529. Paige

    i would cut back on the little things so they wouldn't make as big as an impression than cutting teachers. if i had to cut classes i would cut health and a few others

    March 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  530. Shelby

    Well i would cut back on lunch costs. If the parents don't have to pay so much we'd save money.

    March 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  531. Maura

    I would cut the computers "have you ever heard of opening a book." Also cut down on the choices of lunch.

    March 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  532. Tori

    If I was in charge of my school, i would cut the school snack bar. all of the snacks are junkfood that is not good for our health. If kids want to have a snack then they should bring one from home.

    March 13, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  533. Hugs

    I would cut back some of the track meets that happen, some of the activities, but I would let summer school keep happening.

    March 13, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  534. Kelcey

    I'm blind. A lot of us who are blind use a lot of the technology. I think they should cut the field tripsand lengthen the school days. I agree that they should let the teacher's salaries alone or raise them just a smidge because they are at the bare minimum. What some people don't understand is that any class that helps on our education should be kept including the electives. They should keep summer school, and focus more on our learning and one on one with each student to make sure that they have what they need. I'm not nocking anyone, I'm just trying to make it better for the students to learn.

    March 13, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  535. ray

    i think they should start cutting days or classes less of the student body is using even though there is classes required maybe they should consider going to bear minimum of need be

    March 13, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
  536. Justin

    I would cut the decorations the school has because that cost a lot.

    March 13, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  537. matthew

    I would raise lunch prices and cut back on the electric bill by having teachers turn lights of when the are on brake

    March 14, 2010 at 12:00 am |
  538. Cassie

    If I were the one deciding what would be cut and what would be kept at my school, I would have everyone vote. By the people, for the people, right? The kids would be able to choose which programs and clubs they wanted to eliminate, and which ones they wanted to continue.

    March 14, 2010 at 12:12 am |
  539. Glenn

    I think that sports are the first thing to go. I am an athlete, butt he focus in schools should be education. Teachers also need the authority to discipline. Instead of shortening the week, get back to the basics.

    March 14, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  540. Lynn

    At first glance, cutting technology (smartboards/laptops) seems to be a way to save money. However, I know at our school our SmartBoards and laptops were purchased with grant money. So, it really didn't cost "the district" anything. You can't expect schools to turn down "free" technology, especially when it is so helpful in the classroom.

    March 14, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  541. shanaynay

    if i was in charge of my school i would cuz gross food and add better food like fried chicken and kool-aid! i would also cut how long the school days were or make it 4 day weeks so i can get my hair done more often!

    March 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  542. Savanah

    To save moneys the school could cut back on some of the teachers and make the class sizes bigger. We could also cut back on snacks and other food that just gets wasted at lunch. Breakfast can be eaten at home so do not give breakfast at school or if we do keep breakfast make it healthier instead of chex-mix bags and stuff like that. We could also cut back on paper use. They have the internet and computers. Why can't we use that to type our homeowrk and email it instead of writing it on paper. We have the technology now use it.

    March 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  543. Marty

    If i were in charge of my school, i would probably cut out of the sports budget. the sports programs are a large part of schools, but maybe too large considering all the money that is put into it.

    March 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  544. chloe

    I would cut down on what the kids would want to cut down. I think that the kids should have a vote. What if were at a school and they cut down your favorite subject. How would you feel.

    March 14, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  545. Oleson

    I think we should cut things like art classes, and classes where we don't really need all of them. At my school we have Japenise, French, Spanish, and German, we dont' need all those languages. I think it would also make a difference if we went to a 4 day school week with longer hours, because then the buses wouldn't have to run on Friday, and they would save a lot of money, by not having to run the air conditioning, or the heater. They could turn it off for three days, and then students and teachers could spend more time with their families. For three days unstead of just two. You could have more family time. And it would save a lot of money.

    March 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  546. Kaylin

    If I was a school administrator I would cut Fridays from the school week and maybe closed a few schools. If we were to cut Fridays from our school weeks it would save money. It would also save money on bus transportation.

    March 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  547. corey

    I would do what my school is doing cutting extra teachers and extra programs.

    March 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  548. carl

    I would cut the hot lunch program no one rely eats or likes it

    March 16, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  549. somer

    i would raise the price of lunch extras like cookies and rice krispie treats by 10 cents and i would also raise money with school fundraisers.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  550. Joe

    One thing that I would do is wouldn't use the lights in the class room and open up the curtains.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  551. Austyn

    less money on ice cream thats what my school did.... the ice cream money was 50 cents now 75 cents

    March 16, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  552. Emma

    my school is not being affected or if it is i can't tell.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
  553. Addison

    It looks like a lot of schools waste power to me, maybe they could cut down on that.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  554. Melby

    I would get more fundraisers, more snacks for lunch, and also increase the money on lunches. I would'nt cut anything because it interfiers students. I believe afterschool programs should stay just the way they are even though the school is loosing money. I would'nt use lights. I would use lamps or open up the curtains to save energy.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  555. Joey

    My school increased the cost of cookies from a quarter to 30 cents, ice cream cost from 75 cents to a dollar, and the Snapple can from 1dollar to $1.25. To stimulate things, the school made pizzas with toppings, costing an extra 25 cents. If I took over the school's budget, I would increase the prices of the snacks. (chips, sodas) I would also decrease the spending on heat because now, the temperature at school could go up to 68 degrees F.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  556. Sarah

    1. If I was in charge of a school system that had less money this year than last year, I would cut classes such as electives and even clubs. If there’s a class on how to use a program such as Scratch, I would probably not keep this class. I do not see the point in a class where people learn how to move a mouse and click things with a button. Classes like these are sometimes a waste of funds and they usually do not help a kid with what they’re supposed to be at school for: learning how to get a job and survive in the real world.
    The classes I would keep would most definitely be the core classes that help kids actually learn. One elective class I would keep would be band because band is a place where kids can go out and just express themselves. I would also keep art because it is just like band and it helps kids just escape to a place where they can be them and not have to worry that bad grade that their parents grounded them for. However, if the class was full of kids that couldn’t do what they were supposed to be doing, I would cut the class.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  557. Maddie

    If I were to be in charge of a school system that has less money this year, I would cut the computer classes and possibly clubs. I chose these because in computer classes, such as keyboarding or computer applications, you don’t learn necessary information needed for school. Yes, it is good to know how to work a computer, but if the school is running short on money it is not required. Although many kids do need to use the computer to complete schoolwork, many of them already know how to use a computer.
    What I would save would be the music and athletic classes. I would keep these because kids need to be able to express themselves. They should be able to play an instrument and play in a sport if they want to. Taking these away would limit their abilities and possibly even their self-confidence.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  558. Nate

    If I were in charge of making school cuts I would cut programs like extra-curricular activities, field trips, and sports. I would cut these because they don’t have an affect on test scores. Also cutting these might even raise test scores because most people are distracted by their sports and don’t study. Cutting field trips would also save. You could also still take a lot of field trips but make them in-house field trips or ones to places that are close by and cost no money.
    Second, I would save programs like special education and classroom resources. If these were cut than test scores may go down. Also teachers need to be able to teach, so they need resources. Lastly, special education should never be cut; I would only cut that if it were a last resort.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  559. HOPE

    If I was in charge of a school with less money this year than last year I would be making a lot of changes. I would have to cut some classes and try to save some electives. If I had to cut some classes it would probably start with the electives. For example Make it Your Business, Teen Living, and other things that aren’t necessary for children to learn.
    The classes that I would try to save would be band and art. They help you learn things that could be useful when growing up. I would keep every main subject. (Math, English, Science, and History.) I would also probably stop doing the Channel 3 news. I believe it uses a lot of work and energy that is not available. I believe cutting these classes would get us one step forward to surviving this nations economy.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  560. fajamarah

    i would cut paper for the students that have a computer at home and they can get and turn in their assignments through e-mail like if your teacher sends you a test through e-mail you complete it and send dit back and only the kids without computers can use paper

    March 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  561. Tyler

    I would cut classes that will not help a student get into the jobs they will have in the future or the collages.

    March 19, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  562. TREON

    If I were principal of a school i would cutback on plenty of idoms that could cause the schools pocket to get empty some idoms that I would more than likely cut back on are new uniforms for the sports and for the band I would skip an year of spending on our schools wants and focus on our needs like calculators pencils and then the next year focus on our schools wants and needs, if our school can keep up with new school supplies I would focus on our wants for the next couple of years.

    March 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  563. Kara

    I think they should stop spending sooooooooo much money on the sports and other after school activitys and put the money into somthing useful like better food or more books. plus you can live with out sports but if I have to go through another day eating are nasty food I might DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  564. Cody

    If i was in charge, i would cut multiple things. For one, i would make a school week only four days long. This would save on transportation, electric, water,food, everything would be cut down tremendously. Another thing that i would do would be to cut some teaching spots. I wouldnt have the classes that were not needed, sure they are fun and they give the kids time to relax, but if you cant afford them you just cant afford them. So there are a few ways to save money. Also if it got bad enough, we could have the students drive extracurricular activites, such as sports games. That way we dont have to pay extra gas

    March 22, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  565. Adam

    If i was a principal i would have a lot of tough decisions to make. the first thing I would cut back on is after school groups. i would cut back on field trips. i would get rid of classes that unneed like choir or math because math is a very hard class. i dont really know what i would do it would be a tough decision.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  566. Melissa

    If I could make the decision on what the school spent money on, the things that I would cut back on to save money would be the hi-tech merchandise that we buy such as white smartboards. I would also cut things like new uniforms and hoodies for sports. I would try to save the essential supplies that students need for their education. I would also keep the maintenance up on the school itself. Instead of totally replacing the gyms or bathrooms, which some schools do, i would improve the things we have. This would save much needed money for the essentials.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  567. wesley

    If I where principal in a school that was having money problems the first thing I would do would be to look up and file for any government grants that where possible to get. If that was not enough to keep my school going I would most likely look into starting my school on a 4 day week. I would also put most of the electronics in my school on timers so they would go off after a awhile to save electricity.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  568. mark

    I would start by cutting off programs thats do very little for the kids intelectually (such as metal shop where most kids slack off and lowering them.) i would also cut down on paper waste and special education programs which make it to easy for kids to pass. in my school they basicly give them the answers then when graduation day comes a knocking them boot them out.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  569. Megan

    I would start 4 day school weeks. Money from electricity, transportation, and food would be saved. Also, I would have student athletes and band members fundraise for new uniforms instead of having the school pay for them. I think going on field trips is important, but kids should pay a few bucks to cover gas and the driver.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  570. Rachel

    I would cut back on snack foods at lunch. Kids need to get healthier anyway. I would also cut some classes that had no effect on the students or that wasn't making any progress on them. I would keep the classes they need to graduate though. If things got worse I would probably raise prices on lunch and things like that.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  571. Bethany

    I would definitely cut out some of the unnecessary curriculum therefore letting go of some of the teachers and dispersing their classes to other teachers. I would limit field trips and expenses on new uniforms for sports, clubs, etc. along with possibly keeping the idea of a 4 day week with longer days if the expenses weren't cut enough by the other cutbacks to save even more on the cost of electricity and other expenses such as food

    March 22, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  572. Lindsey

    I would cut some of the not so popular after school activities. I would also let the people in sports and band try to raise money for new equipment and uniforms by themselves. I would save band and sports and BETA club and other clubs that a lot of people are involved with.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  573. lily

    All though we are going through tough times my school has not changed a bit no cuts backs no shorter school weeks I think our school will be fine for a while longer

    March 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  574. summer,autum, alliey, chase

    we all think that they should cut the classes that are just a little part of school and not very many kids join that class. that will save up a lot of money.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  575. Nyrisa

    it has not affected my school as far as i can see. my school is doing just fine if you ask me

    March 25, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  576. Shanbril

    Yes the recession has affected my school by we don't get as much as materials as we used to and we have less programs to help with education.

    March 25, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  577. sadie

    no it has not affeted my school because they say its wrong to do that.

    March 25, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  578. velvet

    This has cut over 8 teachers at my school its horrible. I hope some one does something about the recession.

    March 25, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  579. justin

    i beileive that the stepping contreversy should not just be for black people it should be for every body it dont matter if they white or black red or orange any body can step

    March 25, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  580. Diamond

    My school is in a resession , and what we need to do is cut some funds. We also just need to chill with spending its crazy.

    March 25, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  581. omar

    the thing messed up our schools cause 9 of our teacher alpost got layed off so thats bad for our educatoin and by the way carl your jokes are kind of funny sometimes but kind of corny

    March 25, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  582. Jillian

    I would definitely get rid of useless classes and teachers. I would send less buses out and make bigger routes. I would raise lunch tray costs and award good grades. I would also make the atmosphere of the school fun and relaxed!

    March 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  583. Becca

    I would cut corses that take up a lot of money, like woodshop and cooking

    March 25, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  584. Ryan

    My school is getting cuts with the best teachers at my school

    March 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  585. Kinzy

    ..I dont believe the recession affected our school.
    Overton is in goooooodd shape. (:
    ..although..it might have affected a few people..i think a majorty is doing good.

    March 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  586. Dantes

    Why take from school what you can take from somewhere else. Sports rack more money than schools use. Why not take money from there. Or someplace like that.

    March 26, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  587. jeffrey

    What are school should do is not have the activites that we have now but that is not happening to my school so i dont have to worry about that......

    March 29, 2010 at 11:38 pm |
  588. John

    if i had to make cut, I will cut some of the teachers, AG, chourus, and some of the business classess that we don't need. like accounting, web design and get rid of one of our PE teachers also and jyust have one PE teacher for K-12.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  589. Pat

    I would cut paper supplies because we really don't need them because we have computers that we take home. I would get rid of music. I would also cut dance because there is a lot of other places where there is dancing. I would save the the sports team. The sports teams give us a lot of attention and people may switch to our school so it will give us money.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  590. Leanne

    I wouldn't cut anything..Well, activities wise. I would cut the unnecessary things, like paper, In my school, we have computers so we really don't need paper, it can all be sent electronically. Also we can cut some icky cafeteria food, like meatloaf, no one likes that, at all. And we should switch to healthier meals. We shouldn't cut any athletics or music because it wouldn't be fair if we cut sports and kept music, or cut music and kept sports.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  591. Kasey

    If I were in charge of a school that had lost funding, I would cut some of the electives that no one really takes. I know that at our school some classes have two periods and are small, so I would combine them. I would not cut any sports programs but would try to save as much money on buses as possible by having teams ride together. I would also try to save money on heating and light costs by shutting them off when it's nice out and they aren't really needed.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  592. Emma

    Because the arts are important to me personally, I wouldn't allow funding to be taken away from them or let them be cut simply because sports teams are often seen in the spotlight. After saying that, I also wouldn't want to cut from the school's athletic programs because not only are they important to the kids on the team, but they supply the school with a sense of pride and are a major source of school unity. Instead, I would try to find ways to save on electricity, such as having classes outside and keeping lights off when unneeded. There are a lot of ways that our school could become more eco-friendly and also cut down on costs of things such as heating and electricity.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  593. roni

    sports are on the chopping block at my school. i would agree that should be the first to go but I think it should be the poms team or wrestlers because i don't consider those a sport. volleyball and softball (maybe even football) are at risk at my school and i think its ridiculous. Poms and wrestling need to go first!

    April 2, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
  594. kathleen

    I would cut the amount of feild trips classes take a year.

    April 3, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  595. bobby

    it sucks
    all of the cuts are affecting the
    sports

    April 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  596. mike

    what i wont out of college is to go there get my diggre to be a vet it will take a long but i am up for the chalinge so that is what i wont out of collage

    April 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  597. Sydney

    i think they should quit bulling

    April 10, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  598. Kenny

    I would have the kids take a survey on what classes they like better and the ones they don't like you can cut to save money.

    April 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  599. John

    If we didnt have enough money, i would cut art club. I would save lunch time.

    April 13, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  600. Denis

    I would cut out Friday and make them half days. This would save a ton of electricity and It could save the school a lot of money. Also I would make more vacations available for the students but make them do homework on those day so their not missing out on classwork.

    April 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  601. Lynsi

    Everybody loves sports and too cutout some sports would just be wrong. When you go to school it should be fun. If I were to cut something it would be some of the teachers. Some schools have about 6 teachers teaching math, if you just cut some of those teachers and just make bigger classes you are not spending more money you’re just not paying as many teachers. You could also just cut courses that aren’t really needed to help you move on to college. This helps by having more money for other costs like school lunches, heating and air, and other needs that a school would invest in.

    April 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  602. Matt

    yes they starved us for no reason at all. oh wait that was BEFORE the recesion. oh well. schools never change. only the internet blocks do.

    May 24, 2010 at 9:07 am |