Petition Closed
Petitioning 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.

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.

Letter to
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.