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Inappropriate Use of School Funds

March 07, 2004

As a public high school English teacher, I was appalled when California High School Exit Exam preparatory booklets were delivered to my 10th-grade honors English students. What this amounts to is 57 wasted books, as these honors students will have no trouble passing the upcoming exit exam. (Last year, Westlake High School's passage rate was somewhere in the 90th percentile, so I question the purchase of books for the vast majority of our students who obviously do not need them.)

I marvel at the wisdom of the educational office that would decide that every 10th-grader in California (without regard for level) needs one of these booklets. Think of the gross misappropriation of funds that instead could be spent on reduced class sizes, for one thing. It's this kind of inane spending that makes the March 2 bond issues hard to swallow.

Lora Novak

Westlake Village

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