Based on the 2 following comments, I am asking the School Board, the administration and the teacher’s union (TEES) to please not put our school children in the middle of this school budget tug-of-war. I am hopeful these comments do not represent the majority of our teachers. We are agreed that this is a difficult time for taxpayers and teachers alike, but it should not be classroom discussion with our children.
Ray Clarke, on January 25th, 2010 at 2:43 pm Said
” . . . As of today, the teachers are already talking to the students about program cuts – reduced electives, etc. As far as I know, nothing has been decided, so this seems rather a scare tactic.
Parent, on January 25th, 2010 at 4:48 pm Said
” . . . It may very well be true that the email campaign originated on the teacher’s home email accounts on their own time, i won’t argue that point. But be very sure that there is discussion in the schools about this topic. If fact it is occurring fairly regularly in some classrooms by some teachers directed toward the students… Yes, some teachers have used the classroom as a forum to have kids encourage their parents to attend the meetings, others have taken to making their UNION case toward 6th, 7th & 8th graders!!!
So, to the T/E Teacher who authored the previous post, save your indignation, or direct it toward your coworkers who are crossing the line by bringing this into the classroom on a regular basis. It is clear that not all of your coworkers share your level of judgement or uphold their professional responsibilities as well as you.
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To be fair, some of the discussion is happening organically…my son wanted to participate in classes that will no longer be offered, buget cuts are then referred to.
Further research indicates that the comments I heard of came in the context of a two way dialog related to student activities at the School Board Meeting, so that situation may not carry quite the import it first appeared to. Obviously a lot of care is needed on all sides when discussing the issues and solutions.