Don’t support education cuts
At our Aspen Elementary School staff meeting last week, the superintendent of Aspen School District, John Maloy, informed us that the proposed severe budget cuts to K-12 education could drastically reduce the high quality of our educational programs next year. He identified items that could conceivably be on the ASD budget-cutting block next year. We thought about the cuts that had already had a negative impact on teachers and programs at Aspen Elementary School:
• Furlough days, two without pay this year … next year could be worse if pay is frozen!
• School closures, loss of two days of instructional time this year … next year could be worse if school closes for more days to save fuel costs!
• Classroom budgets for instructional materials, appropriated in 2010 and reduced this year … next year could be worse if money for classroom materials disappears!
• Professional development that provides teachers and administrators up-to-date information on educational issues and exemplary instructional practices, limited this year … next year could be worse if it is not adequately funded.
• Class sizes, at maximum capacity this year … next year could be worse if class sizes are increased beyond the recommended capacity for optimal learning.
• Experiential Education, limited this year … next year could be worse if it is discontinued.
• Technology specialist position, eliminated this year … next year could be worse if cuts include specialists who provide services in reading, math, gifted and talented, special education, speech, ELL, and/or special area teachers in physical education, environmental education, Spanish, writing lab, music, technology and art.
We feel that our AES students deserve the very best education we, with the support of our community, can provide. Worse must not be an option! The passage of the local mill levy and the defeat of Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101, will help to ensure that the high quality of education we all have come to expect at AES continues next year.
staff, Aspen Elementary School
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