The closing of the school year equals the beginning of change within school districts. At this time, schools question where their money is being spent and whom and what subjects are expandable. This is a part of the year where money is often placed in front of benefitting students, and where students and parents have little say or notion as to what will happen in the following year.
In Allentown, Pennsylvania, the Allentown School District could lay off up to “150 teachers and 11 administrators as it grapples with a $22.4 million budget shortfall.” In Bloomfield, New Jersey, around 98 teachers will be cut by next year. And these two school districts are only the latest of the teacher layoffs. There are a number of school districts where over 100 teachers and administrators could lose their jobs due to budget cuts. So what’s the big deal?
For one, cutting teachers is increasing class sizes. It has long been researched that larger class sizes are more difficult learning environments than a classroom that has a smaller amount of students. This environment won’t enhance the test results that politicians are looking for, and don’t allow students an opportunity to have more time one on one with their teacher.
Secondly, programs such as music and art are being scraped from school curriculums. These programs are proven to contain students that consistently score high on state tests and are typically measured as the top students in their classes. These programs are often allow students to pursue subjects outside of the core curriculum and encourages diversity among career choices.
It seems that despite the negativity that comes with budget cuts in education, school districts and employers typically have little choice. They simply do what the money they have has to offer. As a nation that has the most money per child in the world, why can’t we afford to keep teachers in the system to lower class sizes? Why can’t we afford to keep programs that allow children outlets outside of the core classes? Where is this money and how is it utilized? These are questions I will try to answer next post. However, if there are cuts in your school district I advise you to ask why these cuts are happening, how this will affect your child, and where they are planning to make up for these cuts. It’s time to understand why we have to make such drastic cuts when our educational system is in need of repair.
Do your due diligence and question these cuts.
- Allentown School District learns more detail of budget that could cut 150+ jobs (wfmz.com)
- Rise and Fall: Increased Class Size and Missed Opportunities in Lakeville (minnesotanotmississippi.com)
- Allentown School District to cut as many as 150 positions (wfmz.com)
- Fewer layoff notices given out at SLO County schools this year (sanluisobispo.com)
- The Good News About Teacher Layoffs (huffingtonpost.com)