[Durham INC] Thorough report on DPS spending in today's BCR
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Tue May 19 16:06:02 EDT 2009
>From comments I have heard from teaching assistants, the number of CLASSROOM TAs has been declining over the last couple years (I guess the idea of TAs could be controversial. I know that we didn't have TA's in my elementary school but we also did a lot less "active learning." If you are doing 5 reading groups or 4 math centers, it really helps to have an additional adult to work with the different groups). In the schools in which I have been, I also haven't seen an over-abundance of assistant principals. In general, principals have had to balance priorities pretty closely in their schools so I would say that while there is always some "extra" that you could cut (small classes for at risk students, for example), but a lot of the most obvious and ugly "fat" is mandated.
If kindergarden enrollment declines a little, the population may go down, but they are also cutting high school teachers -- and I can't see how fewer kindergardeners will cut the need for high school teachers. Having recently been in a class with 31 students packed in like sardines, I'm not sure what they would do with 35 students.
Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 08:36:31 -0700
From: mmr121570 at yahoo.com
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Subject: [Durham INC] Thorough report on DPS spending in today's BCR
Please see the VERY detailed and informative investigative report on where DPS funds go in today's Bull City Rising Blog:
While I support an increase in DPS funding, which should correlate to the increase in housing developments throughout Durham, it is clear that cuts can be made in non-instructional support staff, rather than in teachers, teaching assistants and instructional support staff....perhaps to actually start a more-at-four program???
Kudos to Kevin Davis for the much needed education on DPS spending...
Melissa Rooney, Ph.D.
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Durham, NC 27713
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