Feeling discouraged? Facing a classroom with more students than ever before? Frantic about how to make more programs like SRBI work with even fewer resources?
Now there’s another wallop in store for local communities already struggling to support school budgets stretched to their limits. The State of Connecticut has a hole in its current budget of about half a billion dollars – yes, you read right, that’s about half a BILLION dollars. And Governor Rell and state legislators think your town is a good place to find money to fill their budget hole.
What do you think this will mean for your classroom? For your town? How much more cutting and axing can your classroom tolerate?
It’s an idea that’s hard to wrap your mind around at first: “The state taking BACK money that it already GAVE town budgets for their current budgets.”
Governor Rell is calling state senators and state representatives back to Hartford on Tuesday, December 15th. At least one person predicts that the cuts that begin then will result in a “near meltdown” in basic services. Contact your legislators
We simply have to find a different way to fund public schools. Relying on property taxes in an up and down economy leaves our children vulnerable just when they need help the most. Investing in our children now leads to a stronger society and better community and better economy in the long run, so we have to find a stable way of funding our schools. Increased class sizes because teachers had to be laid off helps no one. Limiting supplies and resources is not helping. Asking the taxpayers to cough up more money when they are losing their jobs can’t be the answer. How do other countries fund their schools?
In addition to statewide cuts, individual districts are facing their own shortfalls again this year. Layoffs are devastating and affect the lives and families of the teachers as well as the ability to continue to deliver quality services in schools.
Timing could not be worse. How can teachers be expected to implement SRBI interventions when class sizes will increase due to staff cuts and there will be a decrease in resources?
The frustration point is beyond what is occurring in our schools and our classrooms. The frustration point is at the local and national government who believe that cutting the future is the answer to today’s problems. We speak, but they do not listen. We show, but they see what they want to see. We do, but it isn’t enough for them. America has a way of solving or fixing problems once they have happened. The tragedy of September 11th being case in point. We didn’t have the substantial security prior to that date, because we hadn’t had a reason to. Unfortunately, it will take years to come for the “government” to realize just exactly what they are destroying. The question then is will it be beyond repair?
We are ignoring the most basic premise of education- teaching children. How can we accomplish this goal if we are continually given less and less resources to help these children compete in this ever advancing world? So frustrating.
To whom it may concern,
The school system that I teach in, Bridgeport, CT, has many resources available this year. We have smartboards, Renaissance Responders, textbooks, many science supplies for inquiry experiments, etc. I feel that I am very lucky to be in a district that has many resources even though all districts could use more. My concerns are on our health care coverage becoming “less than” in the future. Since becoming a teacher 7 years ago I feel that I am extremely privileged to be an 8th grade science teacher at Cesar Batalla School. The staff is awesome and we have many wonderful students. Bridgeport teachers should be paid at higher salaries for competition in the state, however most of the teachers are there because they love the students.
I feel we are just “getting by” with what supplies we do have left over from previous years and what we can get our students to bring in as a donation. I’ve been a teacher for 18 years and I haven’t ever seen it this bad. I find myself asking other teachers in the building if they have extra supplies because what I ordered was cut from the budget without notification. In our middle school we have grade-level teams. We run fundraisers so we have money at the end of the year for a team-wide reward for the kids. When we returned from summer break, all monies that weren’t spent by the teams were split among all of the teams in the building. This is not right! We worked hard to raise that money, yet they shared it without a second thought.