Monday, May 07, 2007

Vote NO on the Region19 Budget, May 8th

There's nothing to recommend this version of the budget.

The cost per pupil expense is wholly out-of-touch with the reality that EO Smith's high school population is shrinking and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

If EO Smith were endeavoring to do something new or innovative, the cost might be justifiable but the school district is doing nothing of the sort.

An argument has been made that EO Smith's class sizes will swell to unacceptable levels if two passive staff reductions were made. After investigating the research I've found this to be a fiction. Our current class sizes are well below recommended norms and I plan to blog further on this subject of disinformation. Even with a staff reduction, EO Smith is still paying a high per pupil cost with little evidence that it makes an educational difference.

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