what has the budget issues cost for next year....

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  1. MelissainGA

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    In our district it's Dibels/mClass Math/and STEEP. They will not be used next year due to the "prohibitive cost". Instead we will use Star Reading (which we already use) and Star Math (which we don't use). Supply budgets have become almost nil for next year. Plus several other things.

    What about your district?
     
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  3. mopar

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    Color copying, lunch assistants, teacher aides, heating is going to be lowered, our dean, and so much more that I can't even remember.
     
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    Haven't heard yet. Probably no supply allowance. We have a union meeting on Monday about the board's discussion of staff reduction. Rumors about no intervention staff (tier II), and probably reduced teacher's aides positions (I'm imagining that we'll only have the 3-4 1:1's with students).
     
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    My district is cutting 6.5 million this year. Over the whole district, 30 teachers will lose their jobs and 10 district office employees will lose their jobs. We also will not be replacing things like computers, books, desks, etc. throughout the entire district. We are going to have to pay more for our benefits and we will have 5-10 (no official number yet) forced "furlough days" next year, where the school year will be 5-10 days shorter so we won't get paid for that time and will be making much less. Obviously, there will be no bonuses or raises either. We already don't have TA's except in profound needs programs, so nothing to lose there...
    I just found out today that my job is defnitely safe and I will be renewed full time next year. That was such a relief. I was really worried that they would try to make my position part time. They did that to one of my friends at another school because she didn't have a lot of kids on her caseload.
     
  6. MelissainGA

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    we are losing more teachers at the upper level than lower level (so far from what we have been told at this point) because of the change to the high schools schedule. Around 50 hs positions. our benefits also cost more, they are decreasing our amount they put into retirement to almost nothing (like 1/2 a %) and they still have other things in store that we haven't been told I am sure.
     
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    We have 3 teachers who were given retirement stipends to retire and three who are on the list of possible Reduction in Force. The district has over 500 teacher who received RIF. Every administrator in the district received RIF notices. Last year almost every secretary, attendance clerk, or clerical typist got moved in the district. The district has chosen not to get new language arts text books even though we were supposed to pilot them last year. Our school has almost no funds for classroom and building supplies. The district will probably lay off custodians and others; but the notification does not have to happen until April or May.
     
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    No clue yet but I'm willing to bet a reduction in salary and higher class sizes yet again! We are already supposed to be 30:1 but they will raise it to 32:1 but there is no cap on class size.
     
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    My job, most likely. I think the official number was 337 RIF notices.
     
  10. monsieurteacher

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    Likely my job.
     
  11. MrsC

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    Not again, monsieurteacher :(?
     
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    11.5 jobs from just my school. That includes cutting the Family Consumer Sciences from 12 classes a day to 3-4, cutting driver's ed all together, cutting out 6 computer classes. No more teachers to get extra help or tutoring in study hall or remediation lab - they will be manned by minimum wage aides and now the rest of us have to teach 7 periods a day instead of 6. That means adding new electives in our department, so the kids who normally take all the classes that were cut have somewhere to go. So that means more preps and less prep time for us, and I am sure those new courses won't be funded at all.

    Oh, but we are building 2 new soccer fields.
     
  13. Kindergarten31

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    My district is facing a 78 million dollar deficit. We have already cut 118 million dollars over the last 3 years. There is not much left to cut. Two options are laying off 960 teachers ( my district is large) or 24 (!) furlough days. How can you have 24 furlough days?!?! Good grief.
     
  14. Sshintaku

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    Yikes! And I thought Cali was bad! My district is cutting 22 million, 405 RIF, (not including probationary teachers who were non-renewed), possibly all sports programs, counselors and one AP per school.
     
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    The school district I am student teaching in is closing 1 elementary school for sure next year, but possibly 3 total. They'll make the move from K-6 elementary schools to K-5, moving the 6th graders to the junior high (which is currently only 7-8).
     
  16. MsMar

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    This is what I'm worried will happen in my district. There are 15 FCS teachers (4 MS and 11 HS). I'm worried they'll reduce it to 2 MS and who knows what at the HS. And if I'm cut, the chances of a FCS job at another school is not going to be easy since they're probably reducing it in size too.

    And that's just odd about the soccer fields!
     
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    :eek:! That's nuts!
     
  18. monsieurteacher

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    Yup... I'm doing my best right now... attending as much PD as possible to add to my resume... I'm even considering taking my French oral proficiency exam so I can get a French job next year... but I'm finding this year that I'm not a big fan of teaching French.

    I doubt there will be a job for me here next year, unless someone retires here, and even then, if jobs are cut in other schools, a tenured teacher will have first shot at that.
     
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    monsieurteacher--Pass that French proficiency exam and move to Ontario; we have an opening for a primary French Immersion teacher at my school!
     
  20. monsieurteacher

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    I might prefer to change careers before I started with French Immersion... I don't think I could be effective whatsoever. I'm finding it difficult enough to teach French to grade four and five!
     
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    Not exactly what the OP asked ........ but I understand Gov Jerry Brown has mentioned $5 billion in cuts to K-12 education in California. I believe California has somewhere around a $26 billion deficit... :eek:
     
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    My district is closing three elementary schools, opening one new one. We haven't had raises or steep increases for years, so that's no surprise. The district has claimed that they have saved enough money back that they can handle things this year. We will be in the same boat as many of you next year, however.
    :) I'll be retired when all this happens and spending my days with Mickey Mouse, but I will continue to sympathize with all you younger teachers and employees and pray that things stay good for you.
     
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    Haven't seen the proposed budget, but we will be breaking ground for a preschool....:dizzy:
     
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    We've heard anywhere from $7 million to $21 million. The super has said that the only people that need to be in the buildings are the principal and the core-area teachers. Trying to stay out of it but there are talks of cutting ESE. Makes me nervous.
     
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    Ours is a big old mess right now. I don't even want to go there, but there are some BIG changes coming to our district next year.
     
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    Administration is trying hard to not lay-off teachers. They are cutting programs and supplies. I think salaries are going to be trimmed as well.
     
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    I really hate that money is tight, cut the classes that students love. A few years back, my district cut all the art, music, language, computer, etc classes. Well, the community had a fit and we got them two years later. Now that we are facing budget cuts again, the community is trying to creatively find ways to save money so that these classes do not need to be cut. And as of yet, we haven't heard about cutting these programs.

    A handful of positions are being RIFed this year, but we haven't been told who or what programs.
     
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    Cuts

    I'm at the high school level and at this point the only thing left to cut is the electricity or close up shop. We already have NO supply money and 30 plus kids in every class.

    They way I see it is that it's only a matter of time until public schools are staffed by minimum wage workers who do nothing but sit and watch the students. The students will sit in front of computers and learn via the internet.
     
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    The district I live in cut the foreign language program in the elementary school last year. This year Latin and German are most likely being cut at the middle school. They are also definitely cutting the applied tech special in the elementary schools and are instead integrating it into the regular classroom.

    Half day kinder will most likely lose specials, and I'm guessing that can then result in a sharing of special teachers among more than one elementary school. Otherwise, not sure why taking their specials away would result in cost saving. Unless the specials teachers would change to 0.9 instead of full time, I don't know at all what the plan is for how it will save money.

    Other possibilities being voted on in the next months: class sizes for all elementary classes at 25, reduction in teacher aides, elimination of el ed reading specialists, elimination of el ed and middle school math intervention specialists, no raises for admin, outsourcing custodial duties, only providing mandated transportation, paying for athletics, paying for extra-curricular, changing new high school hires to teaching 6 periods instead of 5 (current ones can't be changed due to current contact), reduction in the number of counselors at the middle and high schools, elimination of free homework club after school at the middle schools, and a bunch of other things I can't recall.
     
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    MissCeliaB - I just may know where you are - cause I might be there, too!

    Although it doesn't seem as bad as some other areas, here's what is happening where I am:

    • no pay raises of any kind for teachers
    • reduce usage of substitute teachers (HUH?)
    • closing/consolidating SEVERAL schools, despite the objection of 70% of the population. This will put some schools as K-8, some as 7-12, etc.
    • loss of our HUGE $200 supply reimbursal for next year (as if that is even 1/2 of what I actually spend)
    • ALL STUDENTS will read AT GRADE LEVEL by the end of 2nd grade (HAH~ I don't know about other places, but my school has a number of (drug babies) kids who will, no matter how many interventions are given, NEVER read at grade level
    • increased emphasis on reading in k-2 (we already spend most of our day teaching reading - SS & Science are jokes. What are we supposed to do, drop math, too?)

    I would be more detailed, but my wonderful school board has removed the posted plan (that WAS there a couple of days ago) from their web site!
     
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    Drug babies?!? :eek:
     
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    At the school in which I teach, we have an inordinate number of students who were "drug babies" at birth. Similar to children with fetal alcohol syndrome, these children have huge learning disabilities. Sadly, too often the parents refuse to have them tested for SPED services, so they don't even have that help!
     
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    I understood what you meant. I just couldn't believe that you actually referred to them as such.
     
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    Why not? Because it's not "politically correct"??
     
  35. LUCHopefulTeach

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    No, because its offensive.

    I've worked (tutored, taught) with, gone to school with, and know personally children and now adults who were born addicted to drugs and I personally believe that its offensive as referring to a group of students as 'drug babies.'
     
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    :wow: :down:
     

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