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This is simple, public education needs to harken back to its origins. It has ceased to have the mandate to provide dozens of specialized opportunities for students. The only effective option is to simply choose the essential foundation subjects that students must have (Reading, Writing, Science, Math, PE), staff the schools so that all children have no more than a 15 to 1 student/teacher ratio in grades K-3, 20 to 1 in grades 3-8, and 25 to 1 in grades 9-12, and do the job of teaching those subjects well.
Oregon is unable and unwilling to support "Video Production", "The History of Rock Music" and "Film as Lit." in schools any more. The addition of these subjects in the '80s and '90s was great for entertaining checked-out teens when the money was pletiful, but the staffing to support these subjects now is simply robbing public schools of the opportunity to do an effective job teaching anything.
It's time for those people who make the decisions to just get on with it! It may ease their conscience to do across-the-board cuts, but, like the choices that many Americans now face, it's the choice between eliminating eating out at a restaurant once a week and trying to explain to the bank why the mortgage is not paid-in-full or just not going out to eat and paying the mortgage.
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