APS 2009-2010 Budget sign now

We, the undersigned Arlington County residents, strongly protest the proposed budget for the next school year that would result in critical staff shortages at eight large elementary schools.

We understand the need for budget cuts in this economic climate but feel that these particular cuts disproportionately burden larger elementary schools and will be detrimental to our children at a vital point in their development and education.

Two elementary schools (Drew and Tuckahoe) will have existing staff positions that directly affect children and their ability to fulfill their learning potential --that is, staff who are not custodial or library-- reduced. These include: making the Assistant Principal, Principal's Assistant and the Gifted Resources Teacher half-time positions and eliminating the part-time Reading Specialist and Library Assistant. In addition, six elementary schools with increasing enrollment (Barrett, Carlin Springs, Claremont, Long Branch, Nottingham, and Oakridge) will not receive the additional half-time resources for these five positions as has been done in the past to provide equitable resources to larger elementary schools.

We are concerned about the impact on students and teachers that will result from trying to manage and educate students in large and overcrowded schools when key staff are only in the schools for half of the week.

We urge the School Board to find a way to share the pain of budget cuts more equitably across all elementary, middle and high schools.

This petition will be shared with Arlington County School Board Members in advance of the vote on the Superintendant Smiths proposed budget for the 2009-2010 school year.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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  • 11 January 2016450. Jeanne B
    the proposal is pennywise and pound foolish. Dont penalize schools which are already struggling due to overcrowding. Spread the cuts more equitably.
  • 10 January 2016449. Mick S
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  • 03 January 2016448. Christine P
    Tuckahoe has either been ignored or targeted repeatedly by the Board. When will other schools be hit as hard as ours? Why not find more equitable ways to handle our financial issues rather than to further burden an already overburdened school?
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    While I realize that these are difficult budgetary times, .5 staffing for Asst Principal and Resource Teacher positions for elementary schools with enrollments under 550 students will significantly degrade the educational environment that both APS and the
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    It is unfair for the few schools affected to bear so much of the burden of the cost cutting measures.
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