More than 11,600 Tuolumne and Calaveras county public school students began classes this week.
It’s an end-of-summer ritual that dates back generations and decades. It’s a chance to renew friendships, meet new teachers and begin or build on a years-long learning process that, ideally, will lead to careers, accomplishment, and even fame and fortune.
But the 2010-11 school year also begins with challenges unlike those faced here in the past. They are challenges and could impact the very mission of our schools.