My brother-in-law lives in California with his family. They moved from the East Coast (Maryland) to the West Coast (CA) for a job.
It seemed like the other side of the world.
It seemed like a great opportunity.
In many ways it has been, but today’s conversation has given me yet another reason to be thankful I live in the smack in the middle of Ohio. Things may not always be rosy, but I wouldn’t trade for what they are facing with their schools. My youngest niece will have 40 students in her class. She is already on a split/staggered day at her school where one group goes early in the day and one group goes later. The first year they were there, her older sister was bussed forty-five minutes across town from the school they lived less than a mile from. She ended up being home schooled.
Now, specials are all cut, the librarian let go, teachers were given a two-week unpaid furlough, and, to add insult to injury, put a d**n padlock on the library door!
Okay, these are tough financial times. Many states and districts are having to make hard choices. But to put a padlock on a library door is, in my opinion, completely asinine.