Spring has sprung and the snow is melting. Finally!
This meme was posted on Diane Ravitch blog and sums up a lot of what we support and are working towards: To reclaim and re imagine public education, to protect childhood and the joy of learning for all.
Just for a step back, different perspective, take a peek at what Finland is up to recently via The Independent.
And back to Montclair….
While the board of education restored some of the classroom staff and school programs it initially proposed to cut, there are still too many being eliminated. The BOE now proposes cutting 33 instead of 55 teachers and other personnel who directly impact our children’s classroom learning. Meanwhile, the board has repeatedly refused to consider cutting more than a few positions at central office (despite objections of several board members.)
The proposed budget is now being reviewed by the board of school estimates, comprised of the mayor, several town council and board of ed members. We need to let them know that the budget is still not acceptable.
The BOSE (Board of School Estimates) will be meeting tomorrow, Monday, March 23. Here’s the info from the MPS website:
The Board of School Estimate meetings on Monday, March 23, Monday, March 30, and Monday, April 6 will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the George Inness Annex, 141 Park Street. The Mar. 23 meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast/FiOS Channel 34, FiOS Channel and streamed live on this website. See agenda.
Have a great day and a good week ahead.