Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gloucester, VA Teacher Student Loads - (Part 8 of 10)

Armand A. Fusco, Ed.D.

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Question 8: Teachers’ Student Loads:

What are the number of students each teacher has during each period of the
day, and the total number of students each teacher has during the course of the
day? How many aides are there to augment teacher loads and assignments?

Background: Staff allocation/assignment is the source of much school district
waste. In addition, there has been a proliferation of school aides added
to school resources, yet their numbers are not used to indicate student-teacher

Proposed Solution: A list of teacher assignments and teacher loads by
period (augmented by aides) and by subject should be provided as part of every
budget presentation. The list then needs to be forensically examined to
determine where there is possible waste and mismanagement. School
Corruption: Betrayal of Children and the Public Trust provides a number of
examples of how these human resources are mismanaged.

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