Protect Swampscott schools from budget cuts, class size increases and student reassignment
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Dear Members of the Swampscott Community,
The recent political climate has resulted an assault on education on the national scale. I am sad to report that this assault on public education has reached the town of Swampscott.
As you may be aware, the Swampscott School Committee has recently announced a plan to decrease the funding allotted for teacher positions in Swampscott Public Schools. Specifically, the plan is to cut five elementary school teachers—thus cutting out one class per grade level in grades K-4 districtwide—as well as three positions at the high school and one position at the middle school. Superintendent Angelakis, who is leading this charge, has proposed to redistribute students from the eliminated classes to other schools across the community. This misguided plan will result in increased class sizes and school reassignments that will be disruptive to learning communities across our town.
While our community has many wonderful attributes, one of our crowning achievements is our public school system. Despite buildings that are in need of renovation, Swampscott Public Schools are ranked among the strongest in the nation. In large part, this is because Swampscott has maintained a low student to teacher ratio that enabled increased one on one contact between teachers and students. Individual attention is more closely tied to student success than the majority of factors in an education system. Small class sizes are no luxury. They distinguish our schools from others in the area and enable our students to excel.
While we support financial responsibility, we find the proposed class size increases and teacher cuts to be completely irresponsible. Many families considering the move to Swampscott justify paying our higher tax rates because of the high quality of our public education system. Thus, any action that compromises our schools has the potential to directly compromise the growth of our town finances.
Please join us in letting the Swampscott School Committee, Superintendent Angelakis, and our Board of Selectmen know that the proposed class size increases, teacher cuts, and student redistributions are completely unacceptable.
Friends of Swampscott Schools
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