Thank you all for all your support and good ideas. I talked to the
"scheduler" who became very rude with me when I told her I would not teach
that many. Secondly, I talked to the vice principal, head counselor, and fine
arts director. They say they are going to fix the problem but it will take a
week or so. I will pull in some chairs and make due for 1 week (computers
down, etc., etc.). After one week, I will send the extra ones to the
First thing I am going to do on Monday is check everyone's prerequisite. If
they do not have the prior class I will pull them out for that reason. Also,
the 1 AP student will have to go. It is not possible to do AP with 1, while
having 2.3, and 4's. When I go over the rules, syllabus, etc., they
definitely will be told that the class is a serious advanced class and will
be treated such with a lot of work required outside of class.
I found out that the state limit in Texas is 30 and that they can go over by
10% which would be 33. Anything over that is against the law! I won't teach
I'm disappointed that the school counselors think Art is a dumping ground. It
is a disservice to the students.
I would be interested in knowing if anyone knows if there is a number of
square feet that must be available for each student. I had heard this once
from a science teacher but was never able to find out any more. If anyone
knows how to find out the state limitations, let me know.
I'll update you at the end of the week. Everyone have a good week.
Teresa in El Paso