IL Pre-K cuts

Discussion in 'Preschool' started by Glenda, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. Glenda

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    I've taught in an IL state funded pre-k for 24 years. 15 of those years I've taught side by side with a great teacher, Janet. This last Friday we found out that our program is only funded at 60%. Janet has been told that next year she's moving to 3rd grade.

    While I'm glad I'll still get to teach pre-k, I am absolutely devastated about losing my team mate. We've been through so much together. And I can't even talk to her about it much because she's not really ready to talk about it yet. Plus I don't know what to say except the obvious heartbreak.

    This economy stinks. :(
     
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    I am so sorry. I also live in Illinois and our state funded preschool looks like it is in trouble too. What part of Illinois are you from? When I first started teaching I taught preschool. I was hired through our Counties Preschool Co-op and taught for two different school district for three years. Now I teach Kindergarten. I feel so bad for our Preschool teacher she just lost her husband and she doesn't know if she will have a job next year. I just hope each district can keep the preschools going, one reason being my son is on the waiting list next year for preschool. He is already in Speech, so I hope he will get to go to preschool next year, but who knows what will happen. We were told at the school district I work for that there will be a lot of changes next year. It could be very interesting next year.
     
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    The Georgia Pre-K program is having cuts as well. The funding for Resource Coordinators has been cut by 75% and we are losing our RC, but no teachers yet.
     
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    I teach in Clinton, IL. It's right in the middle of the state. It's between Bloomington-Normal and Decatur. I'm not just upset because of the loss of a dear friend as a co-teacher, but all of those little students who won't get to attend next year. That will cut our numbers from 100 to 60.
     
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    Small world Glenda, I use to go through Clinton all the time, when I was headed to school. I use to go to school in Lincoln at Lincoln Christian College. I think now it is a University. I lived there for three years. In fact my car broke down in Clinton one time on my way home. I don't get over that way much anymore. I live and work in Iroquois county, south of Kankakee.

    I hate to see the preschool programs cut. My son will be four in May. Hopefully he will still be able to get in. Also as a Kindergarten teacher it is going to make my job a lot harder. Good luck, I know it is going to be hard.
     
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    Good grief! I hadn't even thought that far yet. Since my friend who teaches the 3 year old program is cut, I'll be the first teacher they have. My job will be TONS harder without them having the 3 year old program for a year. :eek:( It just keeps getting worse.
     

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