What budget cuts are you facing?

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  1. msufan

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    Our district has to cut $3.3 million out of a $28 million budget next year. It's going to be ugly. So tell me: what budget cuts have you had to deal with this year, and what looks to be coming down the road next year?
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    We've had to cut hundreds of millions over the past couple of years. Some of the biggest changes I've noticed are...

    Larger class sizes
    Limited access to copy paper, especially colored copy paper
    Limited access to other supplies (pens, scissors, etc.)
    Not as many consumables, especially kleenex and paper towels
     
  4. mrsc_teaches

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    THIS! And teacher cuts, our building lost 2 teachers last year and we only have part time phys. ed and art teachers.
     
  5. waterfall

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    This school year we took a 1.5 percent pay cut and were asked to pay a lot more for our health insurance. We were also asked to cut 2 positions- luckily for our staff members, two teachers ended up leaving anyway so no one was fired. The health insurance was the biggest deal, actually- with that and the salary cut, I make several hundred less per pay check than I did last year.

    I'm hoping to move by next year, but things are looking very dismal for my district. Buildings will be closed and schools combined, leaving tons of teachers out of jobs. Class sizes will go from no more than 25 to 35-40. There will no specials, sports, or extracurriculars of any kind. Teachers will take another pay cut on top of the one that was taken this year- this year we have 3 furlough days (days where school is closed so they don't have to pay the teachers) which resulted in the 1.5% paycut. Next year, they're talking 8 furlough days. This is an extremely expensive place to live and salaries were quite low before the cuts. I don't know how many people will be afford to say- the "rumor mill" is that so many people will leave because they simply can't afford to stay, that there won't be that many people who want to stay getting fired for budget.
     
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    So far for this upcoming year we just heard there will most likely be layoffs but we don't know for sure yet or how bad it'll be. I am hoping that being Special Ed I'll be safe. To be honest I don't know if we can stand to lose any teachers in that area. I am probably the youngest in my department though and I think second from the bottom seniority wise. We also have several Special Ed teachers who are at or nearing retirement age too so hopefully I'll be safe!

    My district has been on a pay freeze for four years now. We also had to start paying for our health insurance which if you were a single person used to be free. It is ridiculous! This year the district wound up keeping everyone employed due to retirements and people moving out of district, but many of us (including myself) were shuffled around to different buildings and positions. We'll have to see what this next year brings. I don't know what more is left to really cut.
     
  7. MsMar

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    Cut pays ed for 12th and 11th graders
    Cut Family and Consumer Science from the middle school
    Reduced Reading Specialists in every building by over half
    Cut the Career COunselor position at the high school
    One librarian shared with two middle and one high school instead of one librarian in each of those buildings
    Changed Grad Project from a semester course to just being incorporated into the english class (which resoled in cutting 4 teachers)
    No coverage for field trips (so if a high school teacher takes a field trip and has two classes not on the trip then other teachers have to cover those classes)

    That was all done for this year, not sure what'll happen this year, but there will be more cuts.
     
  8. bandnerdtx

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    Our district ended up "only" having to cut 3 million from last year's budget. We haven't laid off anyone, but vacant positions were just absorbed. Our "contract" employees, like SLPs, some nurses, etc., had their pay reduced!

    Other than that, we're making the small cuts that everyone else has mentioned, paper rationing, field trips, etc. Overall, I think our district is in a much better position than most, but we don't anticipate a pay raise anywhere in the near future.
     
  9. isabunny

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    The school district I moved from in California about five years ago had already experienced extremely drastic cuts: A roving PE teacher (moved everyday through 5 different elementary schools), a roving nurse (also sharing 5 schoools), a roving Principal (2 Elementary Schools), all cut art, drama or music for elementary, very few supplies, no laminations, ect... The teachers had to provide Toilet Paper for the teacher restrooms. Parents had to pay a bus fee of over a hundred dollars a year for each of their children to ride the buses to school. Since I left the district has even made more cuts (teachers fired, class sizes bigger, classes cut at high school). I never even knew what a parapro was until I moved! Teachers assistants had been gone for many, many years. That is why we moved.

    Now where we currently live our new area has been cutting more and more each year. But we do still have art, music in elementary (though not orchestra or band), some parapros, supplies, PE teachers at each school, and can make laminations. I have felt fortunite everyday I have lived here, because I know how bad it can get. But class sizes have gone up every year, eliminating teaching positions. Parapros have been let go every year. Furlow Days, paying for more towards insurance and pay freezes are the norm here. The first year we lived here there was a parapro in each classroom, now they only have parapros in the Kinder and for special education. It's crazy to see so many education cuts. I just hope that there is a reversal at some point and schools can receive the funding they need to educate our children and they can start hiring teachers again!
     
  10. midwestteacher

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    I am in a small district so we don't have a lot of fat to cut. We basically have 1 PE teacher in elementary, 1 PE teacher in high school, 1 art teacher in elementary, 1 art teacher in high school, etc. We cut an administrative position last year when that person went to another job and combined those duties with another job. We have contracted out our pre-school program. We have to pay a little more for insurance. No "just for fun" field trips for the elementary without paying for the bus. Clubs have to pay mileage on bus for field trips. Cut one custodial position - which is why my room gets cleaned once a week now.
     
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    One disturbing trend I am noticing in my area is older experienced teachers are getting replaced with new young inexperienced teachers who are extremely cheap to hire. I have also noticed more teachers with only emergency permits filling teaching positions. There is not a shortage of teachers in our area, but because of budget cuts it is much cheaper to put someone in as a teacher who has an emergency permit. I notice when teaching positions open up in our area the licensed teachers are being passed over for those with emergency permits. We have lots of unemployed licensed teachers looking for work in our area, but those unlicensed teachers who are working on emergency permits seem to be the ones who are getting hired. As a new licensed teacher I am thinking about getting a license in a different state and moving, I don't like what I am seeing is happening to our education system in our area.
     
  12. Caesar753

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    This sounds very unusual. In my district, our contract stipulates that a licensed teacher who applies for a job will get priority over any unlicensed teacher who applies for the same job.

    Furthermore, I don't understand how a teacher with an emergency permit would make less money than a fully licensed teacher, because all teachers should be on the same pay scale.
     
  13. tek_war505

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    Well at a teacher conference in a school I sub for it was announced that a teaching position was opening up, but they were going to be looking more for an unlicensed teacher on an emergency permit rather than someone who was licensed.

    Also a fellow classmate of mine who was on an emergency permit teaching for two years suddenly found himself unemployed when he finally finished the transition to teaching program and got his license. His position was replaced by someone on an emergency permit. Maybe he just was not very good at teaching, but I am very skeptical of that school's hiring practices.
     
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    I would be willing to bet that there's more to the story, especially if the teachers are part of a union.
     

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