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Landmark Guerrero September 18, 2013 at 08:43 pm
Hello, I am a first grade teacher at pvusd and this year in first grade we have reduced class sizesRead More which is up to 24 in my particular case and it is much nicer than the past four years.I think it has been the case that for the past four years I had up to 30 students and let me tell you it was a struggle. I never left early preparing for class, grading papers,making copies, ect.I had no teacher assistants and I felt stresses out because I wanted and want more for my students.They deserve to be in a class with less students, in turn more individual attention.I deserve more time to plan lessons that are helpful and engaging to my students and get paid for my work not volunteering my time that I could be home with my family.Who wants to stay after their work hours volunteering at their work site for three or more hours after their working hours? Well , thats what we do...we feel we have to because of the children's benefit but most people dont know we do that."We"Teachers...want what is best for your children.
Denise September 20, 2013 at 08:43 am
What a great teacher.
J. Selden May 9, 2013 at 03:31 am
Well Chris, that was a long comment. I think the point you were trying to make was that good schoolsRead More are good for property values. This is true. However, the idea that parents with less money and education 'don't care as much about their children's education' is ignorant and incredibly insulting. Don't be absurd!
Chris Amsden May 9, 2013 at 09:59 am
You have a point here that I will acknowledge Sheldon. It is wrong to assume that parents with lessRead More money care less about their children's education. But there IS a direct correlation between API scores, property values and median household incomes. Los Gatos just passed Measure B, which assessed an additional $290 per parcel to support their school system, which is triple Measure B, and this passed with an 80% vote. Why is it that communities like Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Gatos, etc. have property values that are double most other areas? Their API scores are among the highest in the State. Why is this? Because their citizens realize the value of supporting their school system. I only wish my community felt more if the same.
D Phillips May 10, 2013 at 03:58 am
Nothing is stopping the 60.77% from sending in $90 bucks to support the schools of their choice...Read More We are taxed enough already. If you think you don't pay enough, send the government more. They can spend it for you.