Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sign of the times:Police turn away summer school registration crowd

Budget cuts in California’s school system have become so severe most schools can’t afford to have summer school. This is only the tip of the iceberg. California politicians could care less about our schools, they’re too busy playing political games.

The turnout to sign up for a free summer session of school caught officials off guard. They should have been prepared for this. Just look at the programs already slashed in the state’s education sector to see where political priorities lie. When we have a generation that can’t read or write it’ll be too late to save our future.

Here’s a sign of the times:

“HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) - Police have been forced to turn away a huge, unruly crowd that showed up to register Southern California high school students for 400 free summer school slots.

People began arriving at dawn Monday at Hawthorne's Opportunities for Learning Public Charter Schools.

Police Capt. Keith Kauffman says nearly 100 officers from nine law enforcement agencies were called in Monday morning because the number of students and parents swelled to more than 1,000.

They were peacefully dispersed by about 10:30 a.m.

Many budget-strapped school districts have canceled summer school.

Opportunities for Learning Public Charter area supervisor Jesus Franco tells the Torrance Daily Breeze that he was surprised by the huge turnout. Only about 40 people showed up on last year's opening day of registration.”

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