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What Are Teachers Really Thinking

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AIR DATE: May 4, 2011

Lawmakers continue fighting in Carson City over how much to cut from K-12 education in the state.  Clark County Schools are looking at possible cuts up to 19%.  This could mean hundreds or thousands of job losses.  What will that mean for education in southern Nevada?  What will that do to the students?  We're joined by a panel of teachers to discuss what they're thinking and their ideas for solving the financial conundrum.
 
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Mark Jimenez, math teacher, Northwest Career and Technical Academy
David Haile, music teacher, Marvin M. Sedway Middle School
Vali E. Crawford, AP/Honors English Instructor, Northwest Career and Technology Academy
Brad Truax, Educational Computing Specialist, Kenny Guinn Middle School
David Haile,  Music and band Teacher, Marvin M. Sedway Middle School
Vali E. Crawford, AP/Honors English Instructor, Northwest Career and Technology Academy

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COMMENTS:
How are these teachers able to talk on NPR right now? Shouldn't they be in class room teaching right now?
HutchMay 3, 2011 09:07:59 AM
I think this segment was recorded after school on Friday. They have a facebook group. Nevadans for Funding Education in Nevada.
ChanelMay 3, 2011 09:23:18 AM
Hutch, Thanks for your question. The answer is: Yes. The teachers joined us last Friday.

The facebook page is here.

Adam BurkeMay 3, 2011 10:09:28 AM
We need to focus on a teacher's working conditions, which are constantly being degraded. This includes adding more arbitrary duties that do not have a direct relation to a student's learning experience. We need to allow for more planning time, extended learning time, more quality professional development, better teacher evaluations that are conducted by trained professionals, not just the school's administration, reduction in the excessive testing being done, more physical activity for students, and fulfillment of unfunded mandates for students with special needs. We cannot expect a student to receive a quality education under the current working conditions. It is not possible.
Erik SmithMay 3, 2011 08:50:42 AM
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