Speak Out: Early Dismissal Inequities

Bad weather is causing all sorts of distress in our school district. The reason is that when the weather is bad, schools are often dismissed early. CEA believes canceling school altogether on those days would be better.

The reason is that elementary schools have a different schedule than middle and high schools. When early dismissal is called, the older students end up being bused home first. By the time some buses return to retrieve the younger students, it is normal dismissal time.

The result? Elementary teachers, who comprise the majority of our work force, don’t get out early. They have no chance to beat the bad weather by getting on the roads earlier. It would be simpler—and fairer—to cancel school when the weather is bad.

CEA is not in charge of calamity-day decisions, and we know that the administration does not want students to miss school. But we also see how inefficient and inequitable this system is. You can assist CEA in resolving this issue with the administration by responding to the following question:

What do you think the administration should do in order to fairly address the early dismissal inequities?

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Speak Out: How Did You Spend Your Snow Day?

"I Miss Summer" by Flickr user Fensterbme.

The convergence of an excessive accumulation of snow, high winds, low temperatures and treacherous driving conditions prompted Columbus City Schools to cancel classes and all extracurricular activities on Friday, Jan. 8.

Throughout central Ohio, thousands of CEA members woke up to the silent beauty of freshly fallen snow and the realization of an unexpected day out of the classroom.

Friday marked the district’s first use of a snow day for the 2009-2010 school year. For hundreds of first-year teachers in CCS it was their first snow day ever.

How did you spend your first snow day of the 2009-2010 school year?

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Speak Out: Governor Strickland’s Education Plan

 

Gov. Ted Strickland recently revealed his eight-year plan for meaningful reform for Ohio’s public schools. Planned changes include longer school days, universal all-day kindergarten, elimination of the Ohio Graduation Tests and initiatives to reduce achievement gaps and dropout rates.

As proposed, Strickland’s budget would increase school funding by at least 4 percent each year for the next two years. The Governor’s funding formula would consider multiple factors, including students’ poverty and individual needs, school enrollment and community wealth. The state would increase its share of funding from 55 to 59 percent.

Your Association would like members to respond to The CEA Blog’s newest Speak Out:

How do you think Governor Strickland’s proposed education reform plan and two-year budget will impact the learning experiences of our students?

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