RACINE – At a school board meeting recently, the board voted to change a clause in the handbook that says, “The District will employ sufficient art, music and physical education specialists to enable the District to assign at least one full-time specialist to each elementary school … The assignment of said specialists will be for the purpose of providing additional planning time for teachers.”
Superintendent Lolli Haws explained the change won’t go into effect until the 2018-2019 school year, but the change has caused confusion and worry for the teachers’ union.
The Racine Education Association, organized a petition, protesting the change. REA President Angelina Cruz, told the Journal Times, “Equity across the board sounds like cutting across the board,” Cruz said, adding the REA is concerned about cuts to time and staff positions. “We’ve repeatedly asked what’s the plan for moving forward now that this language has been removed. And there has been no clear plan laid out.”
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