Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What We Know So Far

It's like watching ice crystals form.

Or ice crystals melt.

Either way, it's too soon to say we know everything but far enough along to say we know something.

And I think it's fair to say that that something is progress -

with more progress needing to be made.

Here are some clues to what the next few years will look like:

Hit the "read more" link to see them.

June 10th CCAE Update

Edsource:  It's A Deal
(Info about LCFF which affects everything else)

Edsource:  Adult Ed Gets Reprieve
(Can't say I like the word "reprieve" which implies temporary not permanent relief)

The future of Older Adults and Parent Education programming is unclear.

There is a lot of talk about the cost of STRS (State Teachers Retirement System) but no connection between that and the low-cost Older Adults programs that keep healthcare costs down for all seniors, including retired teachers.

There does not appear to be any sort of rescue for the schools hanging on by their fingernails, although the fact that help will arrive in two years does serve as some incentive.

The issue of accountability still applies:

The Governor and the Legislature are accountable for how they choose to spend the people's money.

The people are accountable for how they choose to spend their money - and for how they vote.

We are all accountable to ourselves, each other, and the future, for the choices we make.

That much we know is true - no matter what the final budget form.

More soon.

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