As a middle school student, I know that the items we are learning right now in school will not affect our lives in thirty years. But, I know that it will affect our lives in the coming ten years. As a result, the things we are currently learning is just a base for our high school and college years. Think about it, if you did not have a base for your diamond award, wouldn't it shatter and break into pieces? If we do not have a good education when we are young, we will not succeed in life; which means no money and possibly no home.
Parents, would you like to invest MORE money for your student's education? We all go to public schools, where we do not have to pay tuition directly to the school, but we must pay taxes in order to attend the school. If we had a four day week, parents might have to pay more money for their students to attend after schools or tutoring in order for students to meet standards. We are already in a tough economy, why do we have to pay for something extra that is not essential? Why would we have to spend more money for our children's education when they can learn all the standards in school? I do not believe that is fair for our parents.
Less school days mean a decreased teacher salary. Currently, in the Arcadia Unified School District, a first year teacher's salary (teacher must have at least BA) is only $48,511. That may sound a lot, but, realistically, that is not enough for a family of three. If we have a four school day week, not only teachers, but also our administrators, counselors and other school officials will have a decreased salary, which affects their way of living. Teachers and school officials are just like us; they have a regular life style. Lots of teachers live far away, and with the gas prices rising, we cannot handle it. Think about it, lower salary in the family can cause a foreclosure to the house and less education towards the teachers' children.
Starting the school year of 2011- 2012, the Arcadia Unified School District has assigned five official furlough days. Originally, we had 180 days and we now have 175 school days. That is one whole school week less, which, according to the state of California can save 1 million dollars for the state. But, as a result of less school days, teachers would have to rush and move quicker to meet the state standards. Every year, students are required to take the annual State Testing, which is a standardized test. Less time in school, equals poor state testing grades. In addition, every year, the State of California produces an Academic Performance Index, to show our school district level. That index affects our property values in our community.
As a seventh grader at a public school, I believe that we all argue strongly to keep our traditional five-day week. A district in Pennsylvania recently had become the first in the state to change the traditional five school day week to a four school day week. We cannot let that happen to more and more districts. What we are all learning now [middle school] is just a base for our future years. Whether it is high school or college, all the curriculum we are currently learning will help. Moreover, if we had less time in school, it would also possibly mean that we have to have our parents pay more for us, students to attend after schools. Furthermore, less time in school means a decreased salary towards our teacher! Think about it; current salary for teachers in AUSD (180 work days for teachers) is only $48,511 (First year teacher). With one day cut to each week, teachers and administrators' salary will decrease at least $9,000. Additionally, if we have fewer days in school, teacher will have to rush the standards we must meet. Every grade has a list of state standards for different subjects that each and every teacher must meet. If we have fewer days in school, it affects our grade on the Standardized Test. As a result, poor API scores (passed on Standardized Tests) affect our local property values. As a community, we must do whatever we can do to keep our regular five school day week.