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By Mark Boyle
April 16, 2010
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The district said because of the state budget crisis, 20 to 30 contracts may not be renewed. The decision will go to the board April 26.
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But, I could have sworn the board said most of the positions cut would be covered by those retiring and would result in very few non-renewals?? I wonder why first year teachers jobs are being saved but 2nd year teachers are being riffed. I don't get it! I'm an optimistic person but I feel we are being lied to.
USD 497 Administration is notorious for saying one thing and doing another. I am sorry that a very vocal minority in this town was able to convince newly elected board members to keep schools open that are going to close in the next few years anyway. What matters is not the bricks and mortar, it's the teachers, class size, innovative programs. Sadly, we have lost great teachers, increased class sizes, and are practically destitute when it comes to professional development. These three factors have been shown to increase student achievement and graduation rates, yet they were overlooked because people are holding on desperately to bricks and mortar. It's sad. Lawrence people think they're so progressive. This was not a progressive decision, but instead a stick your head in the sand position. Kids lose out in the end.
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