Oh My! This afternoon we had a budget meeting. The financial picture in California has been dismal, but I wasn't expecting this! Like teachers in most places, teachers in our district have dealt with furlough days, salary cuts, lay-offs, and the increasing costs of medical benefits. We have minimal supplies, limits to copying, and no field trips or other "extras." And we have taken each new cut, working harder than ever before to make the most of our limited resources.
This afternoon, we heard about the proposed class sizes for next year... An average of 31 kids in grades K to 3 (with a cap likely at 34) and an average of 35 kids in grades 4 to 6 (with a cap likely at 40). While it may all be part of a bargaining move, I just can''t imagine working any harder than I am now... with even more kids!
I skipped my technology training and came home for a "beverage"! I'm still in state of shock, but I was delighted to join the Link Up brigade to take my mind of our budget woes. Thankfully, Farley's "Currently" template was ready and waiting. While I was at it, I decided to join up with Kimberly at Funky First Grade Fun for her "What Do You Love?" linky party too!
You should link up too! It's always so much fun to read the other "Currently" comments. Click on the button and head back to Oh Boy Fourth Grade and say Hi to Farley while you are there. She needs a little extra love... a new rule says no more flip-flops at her school. (Some administrators really know how to break a teacher's heart!)
While I was at it, I decided to join up with Kimberly at Funky First Grade Fun for her "What Do You Love?" linky party too! (Of course, I couldn't resist a purple template!)
Why not link back and link up at Funky First Grade Fun? There are lots of fun commentaries to read. And that purple template is just so cute!