We know budget cuts exist in schools but do parents, teachers, or students get a say? Most of the time they don’t, yet they are the ones mostly impacted by these decisions. During the #PTChat we learned about arts programs and libraries cut. This news is saddening when you think about the alternatives to saving and raising money. Informed decisions help school communities raise funds for wanted projects, classes, and study programs. Moreover, more ideas circulate! With so many ideas, the school might find innovative ways to cut the budget without hurting the library.
This past Wednesday on the #PTCHAT educators, parents, principals, and other stakeholders gathered to share their insights about school budget cuts!
Parentella: With budget cuts prevalent, how do we (or school admins) decide what should be cut?
cybraryman1: What really bothers me is that students, teacher, and parents have little say in what cuts are made in the schools
lornacost: when the largest % of budget is allocated to staffing – cuts hurt classrooms no matter what you do
birklearns: Often it is seriously looking at what you are doing with the money you have. There is no more money. http://bit.ly/czQkq6
Parentella: In Chicago there are more than 160 schools without libraries. One group has taken up donations for books and will vol. time
2ndgradetchr: @Parentella the whittier story has been very impressive to me. I feel like libraries should be a given in schools!
Parentella was created to solve the issue of parent and educator communication at elementary, middle school and high school levels. As part of this mission, we are hosting weekly #PTCHAT discussions to encourage a productive dialogue between parents and educators. We hope you will join us Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST.
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