Word went out that at tonight’s BOE budget workshop someone would be posing the question: What if we reduced one class section from each grade from each elementary school?
The seats were packed until past 9:00 PM as we listened and waited through more mundane answers and questions, through current class-by-class numbers at each of the schools. We heard about <ITLs, ECSx2, Spanish -0.4, and tubas (I’m actually pulling for the tubas! Currently 2 patched together tubas and 6 tuba players.). Then as they pulled up the spreadsheet on the screen, too far away and too small to read, they glossed over and said, “So these are the impacts you asked about for any of the down ladder adjustments.” And also, “It’s getting late and we still have to hear comments, maybe we should wrap this up.”
Neither of which sounded like, “This would be devastating to our children! Warning- STOP!” Neither of which painted a picture of what would become…
So here are the impacts, by the numbers:
6 The number of grades in each elementary
5 The highest grade we teach
4 The number of elementary schools
3 The number of teachers per grade
2 Hours to ask the question: What if…?
1 The number of classes to cut…from each grade…from each school
24 The number of classes lost
32 The number of children in each kindergarten
33 Percent fewer classroom teachers
50 The percent increase in class size
100 The percent of students harmed
Next week, same time, more numbers.