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Teachers after the Pink Slips
Teachers after the Pink Slips

AIR DATE: June 20, 2012

Hundreds of Clark County teachers and staff received pink slips within the last week. Now the fear is that class sizes will increase and student performance will go into decline. We're joined by a panel of teachers to share their thoughts on negotiating with the district, teacher morale and the state of education in southern Nevada.
Vikki Courtney, 2nd Grade Teacher, Sandy Miller Elementary 
Kerry Soper, 5th Grade Teacher, Forbuss Elementary         
Karlana Kulseth, English Teacher, Rancho HS
Adam Berger, Spec Ed (Autism) Teacher, Steele ES

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From studies I've read about, in most cases class size has little to do with student achievement. Indeed, class size in some countries with the best educated students in the world is far larger than class size in CCSD. I think the real problem here is a total lack of academic standards, coupled with a politically correct lack of discipline in the classroom.
Herb W.Jun 21, 2012 21:21:49 PM
Has Herb W. considered that in many countries boasting of higher student achievement, teachers deal with more homogeneous demographics? This isn't the case in Clark County. We have a very diverse population at my school, serving children from Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and elsewhere. They're great kids; they're going to make fine Americans, but helping them succeed requires a lot of one-on-one attention. Large classes have definitely had a negative impact on student achievement.
Brad T.Jun 22, 2012 16:05:59 PM
Whats happening here is a further wholesale diluting of our childrens education. Decisionmakers driven by targets versus values do not appreciate the imporantance and long term societal value of appropriate student-to-educator ratios in a brick and mortar classrooom; the social aspect, the educator faciliting guided learning face-to-face. If they did, they would be shaking things up across the board and forging a lasting way forward. Education becomes less and less effective with larger ratios of students to educators in already cramped roooms, also calling into question public health and safety concerns in this embarrasment of a US public school system. The foundation on which students rise to meet challenges is not cracked; it is structurally compromised and our future is already falling through it. My efforts are redoubled to ensure my child does not fall subject to this educational wasteland.
JHJun 19, 2012 11:30:56 AM
Is there a max number of students that by law (fire code) can be seated in one standard classroom or portable?
VictoriaJun 19, 2012 10:06:14 AM
I have always wondered the same thing. It seems that the fire code information should be posted in every room of the schools and enforced. How is it safe for students to cram in so many desks, chairs and tables, if it prevents their quick exit during a fire or disaster?
Adam TurneyJun 19, 2012 20:44:25 PM
While the CCSD has far more money than it needs, and it is a fact that educational quality has nothing to do with the money spent per student, it is nevertheless a shame to see so many teachers fired while many millions of tax dollars are still wasted on useless, non-teaching administrative positions and such. From what I see, CCSD could without any ill effects fire 90% of those who do not actually teach in the classroom. Then, of course, there would be money for those who do the true job of the school, teachers.
Tim HuntJun 18, 2012 16:35:16 PM
It seems that since Dwight Jones has entered CCSD there has been an increases in the amount of unnecessary administrative positions. I support having on-site administration (principal, dean, etc), but I cannot say it is necessary to have academic managers and an entire staff for each of those. I have seen admin positions popping up left and right as the school year ended, and those positions had starting salaries of $65k-85k a year.
Adam TurneyJun 19, 2012 20:47:31 PM
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