The recent news of a 46.7million dollar mid-year reduction in education funding has plenty of educators and advocates up in arms. The news has sent district administrators scrambling to slash their own budgets as the state department rolled out a plan to cut funding by 3% across the board. 3% doesn’t sound like a lot. After all, if we were asked to reduce our household budgets by 3%, it would probably amount to giving up our daily happy hour at Sonic, limiting our itunes purchases, and drinking coffee from our keurig instead of Starbucks.
The problem for school districts is that they’ve already endured steep budget cuts that have forced cost-saving measures. This includes eliminating or downsizing certain areas and programs in schools. It includes increasing class sizes to avoid hiring additional staff. It includes energy efficiency measures, and putting maintenance and repair needs on the back-burner.
In other words, we’ve already trimmed the fat. Now some districts are faced with decisions of deciding which essential services are more essential-er than others. What does a 3% cut mean when you’re already cut to the bone?
What if you asked me to reduce the number of letters in the alphabet I use to write my posts by just one letter? That’s less than 4% of the alphabet. I still have 96% left. That should be doable, right? Let’s say it’s the letter “R”.
This seems easy at first the beginning. I’ll just have to be careful cautious about choosing words terms language that avoids that letter consonant, and make substitutions when necessary essential. Perhaps Maybe it’s not as popular prevalent a letter consonant after all as we thought. Some might say this is an opportunity a chance to expand my vocabulary terminology lexis. It’s also a great fantastic way to utilize the thesaurus…ummm…alternate substitute word language finder thingy.
A few good things might come of eliminating the consonant-that-shall-not-be-named: we can finally stop hearing listening to the word concept of “rigor” stiffness in association with curriculum instruction teaching, and merit advantage pay will have to go by another a different not the same name (actually, “advantage pay” seems more accurate appropriate fitting). Also out the window: discussions over about standards criteria norms…whatever…dammit.
You can see that reducing downsizing the alphabet by just one letter consonant makes writing communicating more extra tedious-er in an amount that is additional to average standard normal customary.
Back to the topic of budget cuts (hooray hallelujah! A sentence without the layed-off character consonant). While school leaders administrators superintendents financial officers head-of-all-the-stuff people have been trimming cutting budgets to coincide with less per-pupil state-allocated funds to education, we have reached arrived at landed upon a critical grave serious dangerous crucial unfavorable perilous significant tipping point. School districts communities are must now decide among programs activities, classes, and staff that have been considered widely accepted as essential in the past. In other words, In short, To sum up: We find ourselves there is upon having “cut the fat” (though some would not consider think of small class sizes, extra-curricular activities, tutoring additional instruction help, support custodial, secretarial administrative people-who-actually-keep-the-school-going, and para-professional teacher assistant staff, heat and air that-stuff-we-breathe-inhale conditioning, safe and updated facilities, technology, and additional ammenties as expendible) we must now decide which limb to amputate.
This is giving me a headache. I think you get the picture idea. A little is a lot when it’s all you have to begin with.