Another Cobb Mom wrote - What is the difference between paying for child care for two extra weeks in the summer as opposed to a week in September and a week in February? Kids are in school the same number of weeks and out the same number of weeks. I personally would rather focus on the quality of what is taught in the classroom instead of harping on when it is taught.
Workingparent wrote - I support the new calendar, if you check the balanced school is working just fine in our neighbor states. I have family that actually prefer this calendar and select it over the standard school calendars when given the option and these school systems are ranked much higher than ours. Bottom line is it is hard for some to adjust to change. Also, I don't buy into this need more summer argument, it is nice to vacation in the fall and winter as well.
East Cobb mom of five wrote - I live in east Cobb and support the balanced calendar. This small group of angry "need more summer" people do not represent me.
Anonymous wrote - The purpose of schools being out all summer is obsolete today. I doubt many Cobb county parents need their children to work the farm all summer. There should be year-round school. And, yes, the daycares will adapt to the change.
Southern Gal wrote - Why not shorten summer break to five weeks, a week a Thanksgiving, and Easter, two weeks at Christmas and a week between semesters/quarters?
Working mom wrote - Teachers need a break in September? Try working in the real world where 2 weeks vacation has to be enough for summer fun and sick days. The real working world does not have breaks to make up for benefit and pay cuts. I work 40 hours a week with no perks like week-long breaks and summers off. Wake up teachers, why should it be different for you?
Give Me a Break wrote - Can we all agree that the parents were nothing but rude, completely lacking common manners and civility? Also, the free market will provide affordable child care in September and February just as it does any other week in the year. Finally, the ballot box is the place to deal with this, not shouting down elected officials performing their elected duties. Since when is it valid protest to boo and catcall at these meetings? There is no free speech at these meetings. They have no obligation to even have a public comment section under Georgia law. In the mean time, sit down, shut up and be a respectful example to your precious children! The teachers will thank you for it and you just might have a chance at being heard instead of ridiculed!
Feeling Justified wrote - As a teacher with the CCSD it is gratifying to know that we are being heard. After a 2 percent pay cut, no budget for supplies (that we now have to buy out of our own pocket), a weakened retirement system and the possibility of having our post-planning furloughed, it's nice that we finally get something we want. It will be a boost for teacher/administrator morale and productivity to have a short break while still working toward the ultimate goal - student achievement. We still have eight weeks of summer and that is more than enough time for children and families to bond, relax and enjoy the lack of school-based commitments. And yes, I have children enrolled in the Cobb school system, also. I'm not only a teacher, I'm a mom, too.
SomeNerve wrote - Dear "Feeling Justified": Who do you think you are telling me how much summer time is enough for me? How dare you! It's obvious that you would agree with the board's decisions with an arrogant attitude like that. One more thing, who gives a rat's behind that you think you need a break to get a morale boost and that will somehow translate into improving our kids' education? If you can't take the heat, go get a new job. I hear McDonald's is hiring.