On Thursday, some local schoolteachers will take to streets to protest state budget cuts. While their frustration is understandable, it's doubtful whether the teachers' actions will yield results. The state is in a crisis, and cuts however difficult must be made.


Meanwhile, according to reliable sources, negotiations are continuing on a local level to reduce the school district's budget and keep as many jobs as possible. In fact, the HUSD's 74.0 FTE's that could be cut are less than many neighboring school district, at least in relative terms. School superintendent Mark McKinney and the five-member school board deserve credit for that.


Local bodies throughout California can trace much of their predicament to the mistaken notion that the state (in a general sense) should be counted on for one's sustenance. A not-too-lofty illustration is the classic children's tale of "The Little Pigs." Like others, the Hesperia Unified School District gets 70 percent of its revenue from the state of California.


Talk about building your house out of straw, our district's destiny depends on the uninterrupted taxation of our state's residents and California's basic economic health. Well, California is on a respirator and can't afford to cough up enough for municipalities and school districts to subsist.


Like most businesses are being forced to do in these challenging times, the state is cutting what it can. But hopefully the entire public education system will reassess how it derives its funds. Becoming less dependent on big government (especially one that is failing) is a start.


By reducing costs and looking at ways to raise funds locally, maybe the district can turn their house into bricks or at least some sticks.