This week Superintendent John Allison recommended cutting 186 full-time positions in the Wichita public schools, most of them teaching jobs. By my calculations, it means about three or four teachers at each school. How much impact will that have on the remaining teachers, who have to suck up the work load? How much impact on the quality of education their students receive?
I don’t like the idea of eliminating sophomore team sports because I enjoyed sophomore sports when I was a student in U-S-D 259. Extra-curricular activities … sports, music, and clubs … keep many students interested enough to stay in school and graduate.
School board members don’t have any choice, they must balance their budget. State legislators also must balance their budget, and they’re not about to raise any taxes to do it.
In Kansas classrooms the students may not notice any difference. If they’re attentive, they might learn some valuable lessons about current events and civic responsibility.
Our thought for today is from Abraham Lincoln:
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”