I have attended several La Cañada social events recently. Invariably, cocktail and dinner chatter has included spirited discussions about our local schools in general, and class size and school funding in particular. And while there are differing opinions about specific issues, such as the trade-offs associated with permit students, there is a shared sense of frustration.
The fundamental issues facing our blue-ribbon school district are the erosion of funding caused by our state budget issues and shrinking enrollment. Our school board has been able to identify short-term solutions, but the underlying issues will compound over time.
Community support of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation in its efforts to supplement our core curriculum and voter support of the parcel tax enacted in 2009 demonstrate that we recognize the need for alternative funding sources. Unfortunately, it’s easy to look at these collective efforts and feel like we’ve done enough.