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Beverly Hills schools move to cut outside pupils?

The Beverly Hills school board is preparing to boot out 10 percent of its students as it ends a decades-old practice of allowing out-of-district pupils to attend city schools on "opportunity permits."

The move has upset many so-called permit parents — mostly middle-class families living in the tonier areas of Los Angeles who are loath to send their children to the beleaguered Los Angeles Unified School District, where more than a quarter of high-schoolers drop out.
The plan, which is expected to get final board approval next month, comes as Beverly Hills Unified School District switches to a budget plan financed directly by the city's well-to-do tax base instead of with state money based on enrollment.

The change results from steep cuts in state education funds that has left several affluent communities across the nation paying more school taxes to the state than they receive.

What do you think?


Asked by Anonymous at 5:40 PM on Dec. 29, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (25)
  • This is what happens when states get greedy and do not budget and have to have their pork. Our children will suffer and are suffering. they cut the voucher program for here too. Which gives a voucher for a student to attend any school withtin the county. But because of budget cuts and the state taxing the schools to death they got rid of this.


    Answer by Ibelongtojesus at 11:06 AM on Dec. 30, 2009


    Is this fair?

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:41 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • The public school system in the U.S. is supposed to be fair and equal, but it is not.

    The wealthy get good schools with all the perks, the poor get run-down, lousy schools with reject teachers. 


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:44 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • "The Beverly Hills district also boasts a rich menu of extracurricular activities ranging from madrigal singers to water polo. Facilities include the renown "swim gym" — an indoor basketball court that retracts to reveal a swimming pool underneath."

    Wow. So if you live in Beverly Hills, your kid's school is like a tony private school / resort. Just wow.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 5:47 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • Many public school systems in this country are a nightmare and need major work. NO ONE is forced to utilize public education. The parents are the #1 educators. We made the choice not to use the public system to educate our kids. Shunting certain kids to certain schools only makes those kids in the underfunded schools fall farther behind, much of the time.


    Answer by Sisteract at 5:50 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • NO ONE is forced to utilize public education.

    But for many poor people, there is no other choice. 


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:01 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • Few ppl work 24/hours a day. Home schooling is an option for many- I know a doctor and her husband who both work FT and totally HS there own 3 children. Different days, different hours etc... Maybe some are not capable of home educating?


    Answer by Sisteract at 6:09 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • The wealthy get good schools with all the perks, the poor get run-down, lousy schools with reject teachers. Wow is all I can say. I am one of those teachers who teach in a poor, run-down, low performing school. I can guarantee you I am not a "reject" teacher. The situation involves far more that you care to stretch your mind to consider. Poor socio-economic areas don't have the tax base for better "perks". You have heard the term "it takes money to make money"? This is seen easily in schools where the tax base is low--less money equates to lower scores in direct alignment to quite a few factors (parent education level, home income, social influences--gangs, etc. and funding connecting to test scores). The teachers, like myself, who work with these students worker much harder than those for whom success is considered automatic and the money is a river. With less money, there is higher chance for student failure.

    Answer by PsWifey at 6:17 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • Well, they live in a public school district. Maybe if they supported their local school system instead of looking for one that has all the extras they want, then the one they live in could have some extras as well. I would say it might be a good thing for some of them to see how the "other half" live. They just might learn something that can't be taught in any school.

    Answer by 29again at 6:20 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • PsWifey, I totally agree with you, my daughters works at an alternative high school, in one of the worst areas of Miami, she is one of the most hard working teachers there, to the point where she is the head of her English dept. and supervises others that have been there for over 20 years, she has been a teacher for 4 years.

    Answer by older at 6:24 PM on Dec. 29, 2009