The Water Cooler – Should Contra Costa School Districts Provide Stipends To Families?

August 10, 2020 12:30 pm · 33 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

The San Francisco Unified School District will provide one-time $400 stipends to students and their families for costs accrued in preparing for the upcoming semester online, including improving home internet bandwidth and acquiring educational materials not provided by the district.

QUESTION: Should all school districts who have classes online provide stipends to families?

Talk about it….

Antonius August 10, 2020 at 12:49 PM

Why do so many people think everything in life should be free? If you give them $400 for “School Supplies” how are they going to check that the money was spent for educational materials and not BevMo supplies?

S August 10, 2020 at 12:54 PM

I hear that some school districts are already providing laptops and hotspots….

$tipends? NO

JRocks August 10, 2020 at 12:55 PM

Yes, but there has to be strict eligibility standards.

Only families of color. Or LGTBQ families. Possibly some Asian families, but only specific regions. To clarify the LatinX person is considered a person “of color”, unless they are from Spain. Spaniards fall into the dreaded “white” or “other” category. African Americans from South Africa who are white are prohibited from checking the African American Box on the application.

White union members and white Planned Parent Hood employees can apply for a waiver to reclassify their race as WBVD. White But Votes Democrat.

FPN August 11, 2020 at 5:23 PM

JRocks, thanks for the laugh. That was funny.

Hayden Barsotti August 10, 2020 at 1:08 PM

Heck no! Just open the schools and that will solve the problem. If teachers don’t want to go back, hire replacements. Teacher’s should not be paid for not working. Time to stand up to the teacher’s union.

Strad August 10, 2020 at 1:18 PM

Let’s see 55,500 students at 400 each really adds up.

S August 11, 2020 at 7:27 PM

It certainly does and the Claycord question was should “all school districts”…
for the 2019-2020 school year there were 6,163,001 students enrolled.

At $400 per… hold on to your hat:
$2,465, 200,400 (that’s Billions)


Amateur Teacher August 10, 2020 at 1:27 PM

I don’t want a stipend you can further tax. I want a tax break equivalent to the FMV for a teacher’ salary at each of my children’s age commiserate with the time the district is requiring me to spend teaching my child for them. This entire situation has been a battle between the district and CTA and the parents and kids didn’t get a vote at the table. Per usual.

Steve August 10, 2020 at 1:28 PM

If school is going to be virtual, school districts must ensure students have access. The stipend must be verified and vetted, so to speak.

Mint August 10, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Contra Costa School District offers chrombook and “ hot spot” for internet access for anyone who needs it.

Dorothy August 10, 2020 at 3:58 PM

The school in Pittsburg gave my great-grandchild a laptop and a bag of supplies he will need.

Ricardoh August 10, 2020 at 1:31 PM

This is such a waste. Put the kids in school and forget this computer learning. I have heard where one school district will have computer learning one hour a day. What good is that? Whip a mask on the teachers. Put the older ones on hold. Put up a plexiglass screen by the teachers desk and get on with it. At least they will get something done.

T-Rex August 10, 2020 at 1:35 PM

Wait, you guys are getting stipends?!?

Gebertx August 10, 2020 at 1:40 PM

Should be means tested, and a plan for paying for it, other than hoping the Feds or State comes through with $$

RANDOM TASK August 10, 2020 at 1:43 PM

to all taxpayers

no school means …where does the money go

well most goes to fund illegals as we are all aware of and dem voters approve of

but for the sane and American citizens its a slap in the face after the previous slaps to shut down schools for political gain and notoriety

we all know some refuse to acknowledge that covid is but a slightly more engineered virus as opposed to….the flu

shutting down schools effects us all from a tax stance and a long lasting blow to school age children and their need for acceptance and inclusion and self esteem and psyche

just watch a few videos of kids doing distance learning

oh bother ..ho hum…this again …am I done yet ….
this is not a solution but rather detrimental to children

force the politicians to work for a change and do something besides line their own pockets and hold you down …..

and the state also had billions of fed money they are not using on the people or for the people …..

where is it going who is watching the corrupt politicians with our money meant to help us …..

The Wizard August 10, 2020 at 1:56 PM

No…It will be all better after Nov 3

CAtoTX August 10, 2020 at 5:12 PM

@The Wizard you’re right it will be better after November 3rd because Trump will still be our president and people will wake up to how evil the democrats are and vote them out.

Kirkwood August 10, 2020 at 2:30 PM

Hopefully the virus will have run it’s course by this time next year. The free hardware will continue to be useful and there will bee plenty of Chromebooks at the flea markets and eBay. Free access is ok right now but should no longer be free when the emergency is over. Bandwidth should be limited to the minimum needed for education.

Didn’t Concord experimentally install WiFi in some neighborhoods a few years back? I remember seeing transmitters on light poles on Olivera Rd.

RANDOM TASK August 10, 2020 at 2:51 PM

More than 100 Black men on Monday signed an open letter to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urging him to pick a Black woman as his vice president, writing that “failing to select a Black woman in 2020 means you will lose the election.”

Wow 100

Well the news is really pushing a narrative

little rant August 10, 2020 at 5:20 PM

the “check the box” mentality needs to stop…..When the better candidate is shut out because of color or gender….isnt that discrimination???

Lazy One August 10, 2020 at 3:41 PM

NO! Disctricts are already providing chrome books to anyone who needs it. Internet access is also being provided by some services. Not to mention free lunches to anyone who needs it. No additional funds needed.

Dorothy August 10, 2020 at 3:53 PM

No! And why would they consider it when these days, or rather past days, the schools would send a list of items for the parents to get for their kids for school.

Ash August 10, 2020 at 3:56 PM

school is already free, except the taxes Americans pay, now we are going to pay them? great, f#$%ing dems

Lizzee August 10, 2020 at 4:11 PM

This is very literally the least the district should do. $400 will barely cover a school year’s worth of streaming internet or mobile access for a single student, let alone multiple students in the same family. Or the devices they might need. Most places with free wireless access are closed due to the lockdown– especially public libraries. Come winter, it’s going to be impractical to ask kids to sit outdoors on a school campus to use wifi.

Puffandstuff August 10, 2020 at 5:45 PM


ZZ August 10, 2020 at 6:33 PM

I thought Newscum had a deal with Google. What happened with that?

anonamel August 10, 2020 at 7:15 PM

I would like to recoup some money for having to move my children into a private homeschool. It wasn’t cheap and I am not rich, but the alternative is having my children a year or more behind where they should be in their education.

ON DA August 10, 2020 at 8:09 PM

Simply Ma Greger

Led August 10, 2020 at 8:12 PM

OR, the state could allow parents to enroll their kids in charter schools with established home-study programs, where each child gets a certain amount their family can spend on their education. Oh wait … that would be bad for the unions, so the state just rushed a bill through and capped those schools’ enrollment so they couldn’t add any new students this year. So everyone is locked into paying the taxes for full-service school, you can’t get another arrangement to be able to use some of that money, and there is no full-service school. Scratch that – for young kids there is basically nothing being offered of any value. Teacher’s unions 1: everybody else 0. Again.

But yeah, it is sure generous for SF to throw some pennies in the families’ direction after massively ripping them off.

caskydiver August 10, 2020 at 10:10 PM

either that, or reduce property taxes.

Blimus August 10, 2020 at 10:29 PM

Education is an investment, it broadens the mind, builds character and, as such, is an insurance against creating another generation of tunnel-visioned snowflakes who just seem to hate everyone and everything that is outside their narrow minded world view.

Children and families are being impacted by the disruption in the school cycle, we should do what we we can to help, get your head out of your back-sides people, and THINK.

Sam Malone August 11, 2020 at 7:52 AM

NO- Stop babysitting the city, county, state and the country. People need to step up and help themselves. That is how our country was built not on these constant handouts to anything that breathes.

FPN August 11, 2020 at 5:30 PM

I want something. I will take $400 dollars and a laptop. My taxes pay for the schools that my children don’t attend. When is it my turn for free stuff?

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