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President of Teacher Federation Weighs In On Cuts

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 7:08pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 1:34pm

EL PASO - This has to be a tough day for the 116 EPISD employees who've lost their jobs. The school board last night voted to cut those positions including at-risk coordinators and office jobs.

The district says it won't be handing out pink slips but instead will try to help those 116 people find other vacated jobs within the district.

The president of the El Paso Federation of Teachers, Lucy Clarke, says many more positions will be cut, and that will place some schools at risk of closing, including Zavala and Schuster elementary schools..

"It is very depressing, it's very hard, because its our future that's being affected," Clarke said.

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Ah yes, "teacher unions". Have you folks seen "Waiting for Superman"? If you haven't, it's a must see. It points to teacher unions as a big culprit as well as societal problems(i.e. drugs, crime, poverty, etc.). Our public educational system is broken and thus in desperate need of a paradigm shift. I'm telling you, online learning is the answer to both budget woes, teacher shortages, and high teacher turnover rates.

With ever present budget woes translating to lay-offs and increased teacher to student ratios, it's time to fully integrate e-learning or online learning. For instance, the Texas Virtual School Network allows students to take a variety of online courses via the online format. Courses are taught by state certified teachers with years of classroom experience. This type of learning is the wave of the future. Out with the old and in with the new.

"our future"....meaning teachers. Sounds like a typical UNION person making claims about the dire consequences of cutting back. IF it happens so be it. The goose has quit laying golden eggs foe some!

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