Mary Margaret Ware 
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Re: “Gates Grant Decision Expected Tomorrow

While it is hoped that the Memphis City Schools will receive the Gates Foundation Grant, the effectiveness of our teachers will be greatly undermined by the proposed elimination of teacher assistants in order to cut $2 million from the MCS budget. This is in addition to the elimination of 149 English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers last year. Our students and teachers need institutional support to provide: 1. limited classroom size with a reasonable teacher/student ratio; 2. teacher assistants in primary grades and other special classes; 3. English as a Second Language teachers in all schools; 4. designated time each day for planning and preparation for classes. Even the most outstanding teachers will become ineffective if their classes are too large or they have too many classes per day or too many students who do not understand English. Supt. Cash has also proposed extending the school year for an additional month, which is not a bad idea in itself. However, these other four support measures should be implemented first during the initial 180 days of school before adding just more days.

Posted by Mary Margaret Ware on 11/18/2009 at 4:06 AM
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