Knowing What Is Lost
So a friend of mine, a banker, says to me, “You know, with schools cutting all these teachers, you have to wonder whether they were really needed.”
Now, my friend is a supporter of schools. She’s not making a judgment. She’s just asking.
Surely other folks are wondering the same thing. What happens when all these positions disappear? What exactly did these people teach? What will happen to students in the classes they taught? Will other teachers take on extra duties? Will classes just be bigger? Will students have fewer choices? Will there be less extra help?
School administrators and boards of education worked hard to demonstrate to voters that they were being fiscally responsible when they cut positions. Given the diminished school aid and the state of the economy, leaders explained that they had no choice but to downsize.
But in an attempt to assure parents that the quality of their child’s education would not be seriously compromised, some school leaders may have omitted the details of what will be lost, leaving people like my friend the banker wondering if maybe we could have done without these folks a long time ago.
“How can they cut 39 positions in the high school?” my friend asked. Good question. School leaders want to be sure that parents understand what happens when they make those cuts– no summer school, no math support, no choir, no full time librarian, no English AP – whatever. Because if nothing is lost, it would appear that my friend has a point.