Friday, May 14, 2010

Declining Real Estate Values = 40 Positions Cut, Class Size Increases, Programs Weakened in Albemarle County Schools

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors refused to raise the property tax rate.  With declining real estate values, the budget school children will suffer.  Read.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Class Size Increases."

Or course, the article points out that it's ONE STUDENT per class.

Honestly, if you hate the area, just leave. Don't drag the rest of us down with your bias.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, aren't these cuts just the start?
What do you know about these schools?
How large were those classes to start with?
What's the schedule going to be like in the HSs?
What do you know about schools' quality, which are already at best mediocre?
What do you know about English as a second language issues in the classrooms?
What do you know about the racial tensions?
Do you think the money cut will come from the state or the federal government or be added back into the budget sometime in the future, when property values soar again?
Who are you speaking for, this "Us"?

Anonymous said...

I know that Albemarle schools are ranked 17th out of 120 school districts in Virginia. That's a pretty amazing number, not the apocalypse you paint.

Look, you get a lot of mileage out of your hysteria. Don't be mad when someone calls you on it.

http://www.schooldigger.com/go/VA/districtrank.aspx?finddistrict=00090

Anonymous said...

And one more thing - of those 16 schools that are higher ranked, most of them are much smaller school districts. (Only 3 are larger.) That we have such a high ranking with such a large student body is amazing.

Real C'ville - The Bubble Blog said...

Anon may 18 4.29 etc, if you're going to ignore what may 18 9.07 said, you can also ignore the issue with teaching to SOLs.

And if you're going to compare local schools to the rest of the Commonwealth rather than to each other, that gives you a tremendous amount of freedom to move anywhere you want in this area.

Anonymous said...

Wait, I posted a link to facts, you posted a list of questions, and I'm the evasive one?

Love it.

Anonymous said...

so how did public schools exist in 2003, when houses were still valued at 1/2 what they are now?

Anonymous said...

Houses aren't valued at double 2003 prices. In many areas we're back to at least 2004 in assessments. What about an evaluation of where we're at in pricing and what more can be expected?