Encourage the consideration of alternatives to cutting teacher staff positions in balancing the budget for 2014-2015 and over the next five years.
  • Petitioning Easton Residents and Parents of the Easton Area School District

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EASD Board of Education Representative
Easton Residents and Parents of the Easton Area School District

Encourage the consideration of alternatives to cutting teacher staff positions in balancing the budget for 2014-2015 and over the next five years.

    1. Petition by

      The March Elementary School PTA

CURRENT PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS INCLUDE A LOSS OF 56 POSITIONS WHICH COULD DRIVE CLASS SIZES UPWARD TO 34-38 PUPILS PER ROOM.  

A breakdown of proposed cuts:

Instrumental Music 4-8 grades- 3

HS/MS Restructure- 18

Gifted/ESL- 4

Interventionalists- 7

Special Ed- 8

Elementary Class Size- 16

Teacher cuts affect class sizes and curriculum offerings for our students.  Studies show that students who are assigned to smaller classes perform better in every way that can be measured, including test scores, grades and attendance.  

With regard to curriculum,  "Academics" needs to be formally defined to include standard, long-standing programs such as music and art.  Years of research has shown that an arts education is closely linked to academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity after graduation.

Teacher cuts have proven to be only a TEMPORARY solution to the financial problems facing the district each year.  It is time to consider alternatives that are effective and sustainable.  We are proposing full collaboration with the district and a formal investigation of options in the following four areas:

- Resource Analysis and Consolidation

- Fundraising and Strategic Partnerships

- Monetization of District Assets

- Analysis of Non-Academic Expentitures 

SIGN THE PETITION TO BRING ABOUT LONG-TERM CHANGES THAT ARE NECESSARY TO SUSTAIN A QUALITY EDUCATION FOR THE STUDENTS OF THE EASTON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT.

To:
Easton Residents and Parents of the Easton Area School District, EASD Board of Education Representative
Encourage the consideration of alternatives to cutting teacher staff positions in balancing the budget for 2014-2015 and over the next five years.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Voice your opinions at he EASD School Board Meeting TONIGHT (1/28/14).

      Time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM
      Place: Education Center Board Room, 1801 Bushkill Drive

      If you are interested in expressing your thoughts about the proposed district cuts, please join us at the meeting this evening. It is important that we stand together to encourage key decision makers to DIG DEEPER and think outside of the box with regard to funding our children's education.

    3. Reached 750 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Danielle Finney EASTON, PA
      • 4 months ago

      I would love to have both my children in Easton school district! However, my son is in Easton high school but my daughter who is starting kindergarten I signed up to Wilson elementary because not only did I have the ability but they have smaller student to teacher ratios. If it wasn't for all the changes to Easton and all the budget cuts I would much rather have all my children be Rovers like I was as well as my husband & all of their family members! I hope you figure something out to prevent these cuts so I can someday transfer my youngest to the school I hoped she would attend! Ultimately what matters most is the education, attention, & help she gets in school and Easton just doesn't have the ability to meet the requirements for my extremely smart Kindergartener!

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    • Ann Marie Crotsley EASTON, PA
      • 6 months ago

      Changes have to benefit our children only

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    • Christine Merwarth EASTON, PA
      • 6 months ago

      I have grandchildren in the Easton school district.

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    • Marija Robey EVANSTON, UNITED STATES
      • 6 months ago

      Cutting teachers' positions is never the right answer.

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    • Clive Barnett CUTLER BAY, FL
      • 7 months ago

      Ther are so many instances of waste that could be eliminated.If the misappropiation of public monies was to cease ,education would not have to suffer

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