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School officials preparing to fire thousands of specialty teachers in order to meet K-3 classroom mandate

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As Diane Ravitch says: 'The legislature in North Carolina never tires of finding new ways to mess up their state's once-greatly admired public schools.By mandating class size reduction across the state without providing additional funds, districts will be required to send pink slips to thousands of teachers. “We’re not dealing with widgets. We’re dealing with people’s lives and their livelihoods,” Regardless, public school leaders say the state’s drive to reduce class sizes comes at a particularly arduous time for districts. With N C teacher pay among the lowest in the nation, K-12 experts are reporting major teaching shortages.  The legislature, dominated by a super-majority of ultra-conservative GOPs in both houses, is doing its level best to harass teachers and drive students to charter schools and vouchers. Under the guise of 'reform,' more teachers and programs will be cut.'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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