Parents Asked To Donate Funds Amid School District’s Financial Crisis

CALABASAS (CBS) — Parents of children attending schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District are being asked to ante up as the district faces a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

The LVUSD launched the “Save Our Schools Fund” in February after California cut the top-performing district’s funding by over $3.8 million. LVUSD is now asking parents to donate money in order to avoid the layoffs of 51 teachers.

“What we’ve seen over the past three years is that the state just doesn’t have the wherewithal or the commitment to support public education. All we can count on the state right now is further damage,” said Donald Zimring, LVUSD Superintendent.

Parents have donated around $250,000, but need to meet a goal of $1 million before a May 10 deadline to avoid layoffs and preserve the student-teacher ratio in classrooms.

“I don’t mind chipping in money. I just want to make sure its going to the right thing. I just want to make sure that if I donate the money that all our teachers here have their jobs,” Jaime Davidorf, a LVUSD parent said.

State budget cuts have forced other districts across the Southland to ask for parental assistance. In early 2011, La Canada-Flintridge asked parents to donate $2,500 per student per year.

For more information on the “Save Our Schools Fund,” visit the fundraising effort online.


One Comment

  1. Ugh says:

    What, our taxes aren’t enough money? If I’m gonna help save any teachers (and I’m not) then I’ll give the money to my own kids’ schools. $275 per child is A LOT of money and the parents should NOT be responsible for any more than they already are. How much are these laid-off teachers giving of their own money? (None.)

    1. rb says:

      you really don’t know what you are talking about… You don’t realize how much teachers have had to cut back- decreases in pay, buying supplies that used to be supplied, etc… And, when there aren’t enough teachers to teach the future of our society, and all the kids have to cram into these tiny classrooms, what will our country look like in the next generation…. Teacher’s do give up a lot, and they weren’t getting paid what they were worth to begin with! So, when you ask how much teachers are giving- they are giving MANY hours of their own time to teach the future of our country!!! So, please stop blaming this mess on the teachers, and get our legislation to get their priorities right. Teachers are not asking for any handouts!

      1. Ugh says:

        First of all, I never once blamed the teachers. So scratch that off your list of complaints. Second, being a teacher is their JOB. So giving of their precious time is PART OF THE DEAL. Isn’t for you and everyone else who have to get up in the morning to go to their JOB? You have to give up your time, don’t you, sometimes lots of it. So teachers are no exception to the JOB rule. Third, I agree that teachers aren’t/weren’t paid sufficiently for their duties, but neither are parents. To ask people to give of their precious money to help a teacher is a lot, especially when these teachers CAN do more for themselves. The plight of the classroom looks bleak, but it isn’t going to crash and burn forever. (P.S. There are many states that are in good need of teachers. Have the laid-off ones spread their interests beyond CA’s corners? Or are they waiting for someone else to fix their job problems?)

    2. rb says:

      You ask, how much are these laid-off teachers giving of their own money? Well, that is a ridiculous question- THEY WERE LAID OFF~ They paid the ultimate price! Why are people making this a teacher issue?

  2. Bryan the Wise says:

    Or you could just send one illegal alien family back to Mexico and the problem would be solved.

    1. duh says:

      Hello Bryan the Troll

      The night is black
      Without a moon
      The air is thick and still
      The vigilantes gather on
      The lonely torch lit hill

      Features distorted in the flickering light
      The faces are twisted and grotesque
      Silent and stern in the sweltering night
      The mob moves like demons possessed
      Quiet in conscience, calm in their right
      Confident their ways are best

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      They say there are strangers who threaten us
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      Quick to judge
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      And fear walk hand in hand.

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  3. Nowperson says:

    You could pay a lot more for unemployment compensation, prison expenses, and victims compensation if children are not well educated.

    Furthermore, China, Inda, Brazil, and other rapidly growing countries will be laughing at you and your kids because America will no longer be competitive in the world marketplace due to its poor, underfunded educational system.

    Good Luck!

    1. tom says:

      china, india, and brazil were laughing WAY before these “teachers” were laid off. the system sucks, there is NO accountability. “Teachers” either have no NET result on education if they argue that there are too many dynamics that play into using tests to judge success, reasoning that it is because there are broken homes, family crisis, etc. that they cannot be blamed for.

      so how many kids in china, india, and brazil DON’T come from this situation?

      If teachers care so much they would quit their unions and just let the unqualified teachers fend for themselves. there should be no guarantees across the board for ANY profession.

      If a doctor did surgery on someone and they died during surgery, there are many variables such as spontaneous bleeding, infection, reactions to medications, less than ideal outcomes, etc, they are held accountable. why don’t doctors get an excuse, form a union which holds the states hostage with guarantee wages, retirement benefits beyond belief, etc.

      Just as I thought….your job is NOT that important to the success of students. Just look at China, India, and Brazil. They don’t need a union.

      Finally, why don’t each of you teachers give me $275 and I will be able to retire. I promise I won’t ask for anything more. It would be a one-time payment. Small sacrifice right? Stupid…

      1. Ugh says:

        Perfectly said, tom, and I couldn’t agree more.

  4. greg says:

    Let the teachers union pay the money from the dues they collect and not give to politicians for kickbacks, what good is the union if not to save jobs?

  5. Why says:

    Why is this news?

  6. Seriously says:

    You’ve got to be kidding me! Some of you (namely individuals such as Ugh) are so ignorant when it comes to educating the youth of today that it’s no wonder why we’re losing the academic race.

    First off, education has lost billions over the last several years along with countless qualified and dedicated teachers. Secondly, it can cost between $6000 and $12000 per pupil per year for public education (depending on revenue from property taxes), though it costs upwards of $60000 to keep an inmate in prison. Just imagine if that person could have a had a higher quality of education and made better life choices- how much better our society would be and how less populated our prisons would be. Why not invest in them now and give them a better chance?

    And “how much are they giving?”. Would you be able to give extra money if you were supporting a family and just laid off? What kind of delusional world do you live in? You are a prime example of what is wrong in this country. These teachers aren’t asking for handouts, they are asking to keep their jobs to educate the next generation. God help us if they turn out as deficient of common sense as you.

    1. Ugh says:

      I am neither the problem of this country nor deficient of common sense. I am a regular hard-working parent who see a lot of teachers with their hands out waiting for everyone else to fix their job problem. We all know the figures involved in educating a child versus housing an inmate. That’s not the point here however. People who chose teaching as their avenue to make a living are asking people for money. I am questioning what have they done to help themselves. The reality is probably not much. The problems is the school system have existed for years and years. Some of those poor teachers knew what they were getting into, which was a failed work environment, extremely low pay, and (OMG!) skills that need to be accounted for. My opinions are not the problems these teachers are facing. I just happen to view this differently, and might I add, with a lot of common sense. Just because you don’t agree, Seriously, does not mean I’m the ignorant one.

  7. Cruiser says:

    Tell the Union to pay. We’ve paid enough.

  8. Interesting says:

    I am not sure if it is even legal to raise money to fund a public school. There will be lawsuits because Chaparral is located in a rich city, school has about 75% white students. Most parents can afford the $275 per student pledge. However, school in poor districts won’t be able to raise that kind of money. If parents pool together their money and hire those to-be-laid-off teachers to tutor their kids off campus, I don’t see anybody can challenge that.

  9. philip says:

    It is sad for anyone to lose their job but it is happening and has been happening around this country for a while now. I must say though I am a bit tired of the deifying of teachers. There are good teachers and there are bad teachers just like any other cross section of society. The pay is decent for the hours they work and the difficulty and expense of their education. It certainly isn’t what doctors have to achieve. The cold hard fact is that we spend more on education then any other expense in this state and with poor results. Maybe if we didn’t have an archaic system which encouraged lazy fat cat teachers that perform poorly at the expense of younger more energetic teachers that work hard and are always first to go the problem would not be as extreme as it is. Oh and by the way don’t tell me educating children from around the world in their own language doesn’t grossly exacerbate our cost. Anyone who doesn’t think so needs their head examined! Education for our children not the peasant class of every other society!


    The answer = Outsource our teachers…. take the money from our laid off teachers and put a computer in front of each child….Then have some genius from Mexico or India teach by Teleconference (@ 1/10th the salary mind you. No more individual classrooms just a large auditorium for each grade. Then have one teacher be a monitor/babysitter on our end.

    Did you winy people vote for Obama ? He promised to bring our outsourced jobs back ! NEVER HAPPENED ! So now deal with it and outsource our teachers too !

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