We respectfully disagree with Mr. Cortines' decision not to use a greater portion of the stimulus money in 09-10 to stave off layoffs. Below are some areas readers have suggested be cut before teachers are fired:
1. ROTC Program
2. LEAD program
3. World Language program
4. Beyond the Bell
Readers have also encouraged the consideration of furlough days and/or pay cuts. Some have even said they would not mind paying a higher medical co-pay if it means saving jobs.
Teachers in LA Academy and other South Central schools have received enormous community support and we want to thank you for recognizing that the most disenfranchised students are the ones who will suffer most from the proposed cuts and layoffs.