On Tue, 23 Jan 1996, Derek Parsons wrote:
> I am a first year teacher in Fairfax County VA. Today I have heard
> some scary news about our County's ideas on how to balance their buget. They
> seem to be under the impression that they can possibly get rid of 10 art
> teachers positions and still hold to a class load of 36 classes, which will
> allow the teacher to visit the students once every two weeks. To go further
> they might also increase the class load by one student elimiating even more
> teaching positions across the board.
> All of this spells trouble to me. I seem to be the lowest fish on the
> food chain, meaning I'll be the first to go. I have worked hard to get this
> job and harder to insure that my students benefit from my classes.
> I need to get a hold of material concerning the connection of the
> Arts to the General Curriculum. I could use this information to plead my case
> to our PTA an my Admistration. I am only now feeling some of the emotions
> that are associated to the potenial loss of any part of our program that has
> seemed to only recently come to a workable level. I don't think that my
> parents don't know that I some times work while I am sick because if I miss a
> day there will be no substitute hired. I care about the amount and quality
> that my kids get from our art program.
> I don't want to make it seem as though I am only concerned for my
> job. I know that this matter goes deeper. I am only now finding out how deep.
> Any help in this matter will be wonderful.
> Derek Parsons
> Belle View Elementary
> Alexandria, VA