in this country. This is from an article in my local paper... Twenty-five school employees will be out of a job if the districts finances dont improve before July 1. Thats the word Tuesday from District Superintendent XXXXXX who said if contracts were handed out today, 10 classified personnel and about 15 teachers would be let go. But, contracts are not being handed out until later this month, so it is possible the figure could change, he said. A special board meeting will be held next week for XXXXX to give an update on the budget status. The numbers have been crunched many times during the past few months. The latest information shows the district currently has a $1.5 million budget shortfall and is looking at a deficit of $1 million for next year, XXXXX said and in the same article..... Paid to go to summer school One thing the stimulus money will be used for is to pay for summer school classes for middle school students. And this year, the students who fail during the regular school year will be paid to attend summer school. XXXX said there is a stipulation some of the stimulus funds be used to pay students $6 per hour to attend summer school. Are you saying if a student fails we are going to pay them to go summer school? board member XXXXXX asked. We are not going to pay them anything but the federal government is, XXXXXX responded. And for the students who made straight As, they will have a great summer and we will see them next year, added Dr. XXXXXX. Board Chairman XXXXX said philosophically he does not agree with the payment. But I am not going to turn down opportunities for our kids, he said. The reasoning behind the payments, it was explained, is because the students attending summer school cannot get summer jobs. This is a way to entice them to put education first. I can't believe that as a country we have gotten so far off course. Surely, we have lost our minds. I guess this started when we gave bonuses to CEO's who lost all the stock money for investors and left them penniless. Now, we're going to pay kids for failing?????? I need some chocolate, NOW!