As I wrote in my Facebook status update a few days ago, in a lame attempt to reduce California's unbelievable $41B (Yeah, that's a B), The Governator is proposing a shortening of the school year. Instead of 180 days, kids would be in school 175. This means five more days to go find some weed and hang in the streets. Five more days to sit in front of the Playstation. Five more days to not learn about how to be president one day.
I expect a lot of asinine behavior from politicians, but this move just boggles the mind. We should be lengthening the school year, not shortening it (India and China both have longer school years than we do). Seriously, let's lop off a piece of the state and give it back to Mexico if we need to save money on overhead. But cutting classroom time, especially in a state where education is in crisis mode? This jerk should be fired, if not deported.
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