Teaching in High Heels

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Budget Cuts in Education

Hi everyone! Today I received a very interesting e-mail from Carly Shields. She is with BreakThru Radio in NYC and today they are featuring an interesting, original video on the budget cuts in NYC. They recently visited a teachers rally and asked real New York City teachers how they felt about all these budget cuts.

I know that in my district there is a hiring freeze...noone has lost their job yet, but we have been told that our budget will be affected severely. Other districts near us have already laid off many teachers. It is so sad.

How do you feel about the budget cuts affecting our teachers and students across the nation? Please leave a comment letting me know your thoughts on this issue.


  • At May 25, 2011 at 7:22 PM , Blogger Erica Bohrer said...

    I am a teacher on Long Island, NY. In my district they are cutting year eight teachers! I am year nine. It is very scary. Our budget passed and they still cut many teachers and maxed out classes. If it had not passed, they were considering half-day kindergarten and cutting many electives.
    Erica Bohrer's First Grade

  • At May 25, 2011 at 7:24 PM , Blogger Beth said...

    ahhh budget cuts! We found out about the potential loss of jobs in an email during Teacher Appreciation week. The email said it could be 600-1200 jobs lost. Last week, 500 employees in my district(around 240 instructional, 140 paras and other employees), 400 in another and 1100 in another district lost their jobs...


  • At May 25, 2011 at 7:33 PM , Blogger KMR said...

    I have been let go from 2 different teaching jobs because of budget cuts here in MN. This spring I have already applied for 39 teaching jobs in hopes that I get one for next year along with the hundreds of other people who also want the same job. So hard these days. :(

  • At May 25, 2011 at 7:46 PM , Blogger Sunny said...

    It is a harsh reality for many people. I am safe simply because I hold the coveted ESL endorsement (a big deal in my district) and because my district has hired over 400 new people since I was hired in 2007. Roughly 150 teachers will be cut this year. Class sizes are expected to balloon to 30 in all grades. With current projections, our 1st grades will have 35 kids in them next year and our 5th grades will have 41! It is absolutely insane and I don't know how legislators expect teachers to cram that many students into rooms built for no more than 25 and still deliver a quality education.

  • At May 25, 2011 at 8:01 PM , Blogger Tracy said...

    so far so good here in a small suburb of Detroit Michigan!However, classes are at MAX numbers!!!

  • At May 25, 2011 at 8:04 PM , Blogger Jen said...

    Yes, the budget cuts are heart breaking and scary! What makes me the most sad is that ultimately it's the children who it's going to hurt! Yes, i am scared too about my job and my lively hood but mostly scared for our future generations!


  • At May 25, 2011 at 8:26 PM , Blogger Ms.M said...

    I am on a freeze too, but our district is growing. What does that mean? Same amount of teachers, but more students & less funding. It's sad because the kids will suffer the most.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  • At May 25, 2011 at 8:33 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

    I work in a small district in a St. Louis suburb and we have for the first time ever laid off teachers this year. It was shocking to all of us! We are also going to be maxed out in the classrooms. I hope that when parents understand what can happen when schools are strapped for cash and get more in tune with the district and understand the changes that will affect their child's education. Parents need to stay educated on why changes are made to programming, class sizes, etc. Only when they are correctly informed can they make smart decisions for the benefit of their children.

  • At May 25, 2011 at 8:57 PM , Blogger Angela said...

    The cuts hit the classroom hard. I teach in Washington where the legislature is still in special session trying to balance a multi-billion dollar state deficit. I hear it was decided yesterday to reduce teacher pay 1.9% for the next 2 year years and suspend cola adjustments. Class sizes are going up at the same time as we are losing a bit of our k-3 class size funding. My district did not lay off teachers this year, but only because 30-some teachers retired...they will not be replaced. So, we will teach more kids with less for less and be expected to meet the same goals.

  • At May 25, 2011 at 10:10 PM , Blogger Miss Griffin said...

    Our district is on a hiring freeze, but no one losing a job either. We had some sections cut at my school and were able to move some around, but not all. I'm feeling very fortunate to be in my district because we seem to be in a better position than those around us.


  • At May 26, 2011 at 12:35 AM , Blogger KreativeinKinder said...

    I teach in Tx. Many districts around me cut hundreds of teachers. Mine didn't but we have a pay freeze. I am not complaining because at least I have a job and I love what I do. I think our nation's leadership does not have a clue when it comes to what we deal with in the classroom nor are they holding education to the highest priority. It's kind scary to think about our future being in the future generation's hands with education cuts. What lesson are we teaching out kids? Last year they made major cuts in our fine arts dept where my kids go to school. I really thought my daughter was ready to picket the school. They just aren't affecting us, but the kids feel it too. Next year TX will do away with TAKS and start STAR testing which is supposed to be so much harder. So, let's make major cut backs but hold kids to a higher standard...what are these people thinking?? Ok, off my soap box. I keep telling myself that I am blessed, it is my job to do my job, and let God take care of the rest! :) Praying for those of you let go during these tough times!

  • At May 26, 2011 at 6:15 AM , Blogger Anna Brantley said...

    It's so sad:( I'm lucky to be in a school district that's doing everything they can to keep teachers from losing their jobs! However, we are experiencing higher numbers & 3 furlough days...I guess everyone is ok with that as long as noone is cut! Times are tough everywhere you look!! For all of you that lost your job and/or are having a difficult time finding a job, you are constantly in my prayers! We will get through this....

    Crazy for First Grade

  • At May 26, 2011 at 10:48 AM , Blogger April Johnson said...

    I live in a district in southwestern Ohio that is actually in jeopardy of being completely dissolved this year. The classes are already at max capacity, all sports and activities are pay to play, there is very limited bus service and they're closing one of the elementary schools for next year because of the super tight budget. Our levy has failed 8 TIMES IN A ROW!!!! The state is coming in to take over. If they decide to dissolve the district, then our students will be split between two other nearby districts. I'd hate to see the class sizes if that actually happens!

  • At May 26, 2011 at 3:24 PM , Blogger Deedee Wills said...

    I have to say this all makes me so sad. I am really fortunate to be in a small district that is deeply committed to keeping the class sizes small. We have little money for other things though. Is it because by our nature, teachers do whatever we have to do to help kids? Why can't our voices be heard?

    Can you believe, we are actually hiring a new kindergarten teacher? So if you are interested in working in a small town (2,500)... more cows than people... then come on by!

    I will help you get acquainted... I'd be right next door to your classroom :-)

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten


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