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Teachers Must Clean Up Mess Left by Budget Cuts - NYTimes.com

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In Dipping Springs, TEXAS, this is a teacher's duty. Imagine if a doctor or a lawyer was told TO SWEEP THE ROOM. This little piece in The NY Times sums up the enormous disrespect and disregard for the profession, and has nothing to do with budget cuts. 'Middle school classrooms must be cleaned within 15 minutes of dismissal. That can cut into time teachers set aside to meet with students. According to a cleaning manual that the district gave to teachers, if the rooms are not swept, 'room numbers will be logged and reported to respective principals.' If a student comes in the middle of your sweeping, you either have to say, 'No, I can't help you,' ' she said, or stop and risk that it will not get done in time. Ms. Gardner said that middle school principals had taken to announcing the names of those who did not clean their rooms the night before.' Who would want to teach today?

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