Re "Schools are setting too many troubled kids adrift" (Editorials, Oct. 6): The editorial board correctly draws attention to the plight of troubled kids attending California schools. The editorial points out that "too many kids who are truant, suspended or expelled" are ending up in a dead-end spiral without help or adequate support.
The cure? "Put the onus on school principals and staffs." But this is nothing but a time-honored tradition of politicians passing the buck and approving another unfunded mandate. Compared to other states, California schools are underfunded. We have one of the highest class size averages in the country as well as one of the lowest ratios of counselors per student. Schools lost librarians, nurses, and campus supervisors to the recession. Schools are dealing with curriculum changes, higher standards and a pernicious poverty rate. Let's stop rounding up the same suspects and fund a comprehensive safety net.
-- Dan Rott, Woodland