Change the schedule for high school students to later in the morning. If students live less than 2 miles away, there will be no transportation for them. In doing this, we will save money on transportation costs, but we will also help our students’ health: they will have the sleep they need, and get the exercise they need as they will walk to school. We must remind our community that transportation is a privilege, not an obligation, that’s the rationale for community schools.
Students in K-6 should have a current high school schedule, early in the morning. They will learn more because they would not have wasted time watching TV/playing video games while they wait for the bus. Remember many parents leave early for work! If they learn more because they are alert then we do not need the $$$$ we spend in remediation.
Invest in ideas that will promote more time to teach: No unnecessary clerical work for teachers, Strategies to keep students engage in instruction, need more? Let’s have a conversation…..
Do not purchase textbooks : Balanced literacy is not dependent on textbooks but on good literacy teachers and a sound amount of trade books. This initiative alone will save a substantial amount of money. The money we spend on textbooks has more to do with tradition than what is good for student learning. We must keep our eyes and souls fixed on our mission: student learning.
Stop benchmark testing, teachers know how to test their students; they can tell if a student is learning. Do not trust teachers to do this? Have administrators visit the classrooms more often. If a teacher is not effective, get rid of him/her. Students do not need ineffective teachers. This initiative will save money and will be environment friendly.
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