Make every administrator teach at least one course every day.
One of the most common complaints that I hear from parents and teachers alike is about class sizes. Parents worry that their children aren’t getting enough of their teacher’s attention. Teachers worry that they don’t have time to challenge the brightest kids or give extra attention to those who are struggling.
Complicating matters for teachers: the administrative paperwork burden that seems to grow yearly – to measure and document their student’s success, and to comply with procedures.
The District’s “About” website page, says the District has an average student teacher ratio of 15.8 to 1. That number is calculated (I think) by dividing the total number of students by the total number of employees with education degrees. But many of those with teaching degrees are in administration. Elsewhere on the website, the District says it hopes to maintain a 22-24:1 ratio. But parents and teachers often report far larger classes, exceeding 30 students.
So what accounts for this difference? Some of it, of course, is caused by local overcrowding, i.e., greater than expected enrollment. But the District also has administrators who don’t actually teach. So here’s a simple idea to reduce class sizes without increasing costs. Make every administrator teach at least one course every day.
That should reduce class sizes and help administrators understand what teachers face every day in terms of administrative paperwork. I’ll bet any needless paperwork disappears in a hurry. I’ll bet physical conditions in schools improve rapidly. I’ll bet learning improves quickly. And I’ll bet employee morale improves markedly.
A common approach elsewhere
This isn’t such a radical notion. I’ve been told by some teachers, that it’s actually mandatory in some other states. In business, it’s also quite commonplace.
Every business owner knows what it’s like to roll up his or her sleeves and help employees. They do it regularly to learn how they can streamline processes, increase their bottom lines, improve quality, boost morale, and learn about the problems their employees face.
After 45 years in business, with half of those years running my own company, I’ve learned a few things about efficiency and quality. If elected, I will bring some business acumen to the school district that it needs. To my knowledge, not one person on the Board has started his or her own business from scratch. Nor does the District employ a business manager despite spending $350 million of your tax dollars every year. So please vote for Bob Rehak in Position One. Your last chance to vote is May 6 from 7am to 7pm!