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Placing two-week interuptions throughout the school year, as in the Chandler and Queen Creek districts, totally disrupts the academic continuity of the school year. A one week fall break and spring break is difficult enough and changing those to 2 week breaks will only make it worse. Athletics will also be disrupted. Athletes will be unable to attend practices and games because of family vacations (again something that is already difficult enough with the one week fall & spring breaks). And, of course, it will be hard to justify the additional expense of air conditioning the buses and classrooms during peak summer heat when the budgets are supposed to be so tight.6 months ago
Mike's essay is spot on. The morale and retention of public school teachers cannot be sustained in this environment. Many of the young teachers fresh out of college and in debt cannot support themselves on salaries in the low 30s when combined with 5 years of pay freezes, 5 year of coaching pay cuts, classroom overcrowding, and always new hoops to jump through that have little to do with actually teaching. It's a recipe for burn-out. It might be fun to pretend that physics, calculus, chemistry, and special ed. teachers are lined up around the block just looking for a chance to make $33,000 a year, but it's a myth. I love listening to everybody say that the money needs to be going to the classroom. Great rhetoric, but exactly who's going to make that happen? The state legislature? No. The board? The district adminstration? Not likely.6 months ago