Charles County Schools Needs Its Instructional Assistants

Many of you in Charles County are aware of the recent budget issue involving the Board of Education, The Charles County Commissioners and the new St. Charles High School.

While these folks are arguing about the numbers of the budget, the Board has decided to eliminate several key positions ("The Board eliminated most temporary and part-time positions, for a savings of $1 million .... The positions are largely instructional assistants and supporting services jobs.") I'm concerned mainly with these instructional assistants. My child has autism and depends immensely on these professionals as do MANY other families in the county. While "instructional assistants" or "IAs" as they are called is not a particularly impressive or exciting job title (nor do I expect that it pays very well) I assure you that the amazing people who hold these positions are the BACKBONE of the programs for these special needs children and I have serious and grave doubts about the school system's ability to function without them. I live in FEAR of the coming school year without them.

I don't know who to blame and I'm not looking to place any, I just want the Board of Education and the commissioners of Charles County to GET IT TOGETHER and fix this problem NOW.

For more information on this ridiculousness:

$354.4 fiscal 2015 plan stiffs teachers, police, correctional http://www.somdnews.com/article/20140613/NEWS/140619415&template=southernMaryland

Board eliminates temporary positions, activity buses - CCPS Press Releases
http://www.ccboe.com/pr/board-eliminates-temporary-positions-activity-buses

Commissioners should reconsider school funding (LTTE, Amy Hoffmaster, La Plata)
http://www.somdnews.com/article/20140627/OPINION/140629249&template=southernMaryland

Vote against school, sheriff’s budgets was ‘sickening’ (LTTE, Veronica McFadden, La Plata)
http://www.somdnews.com/article/20140620/OPINION/140629979&template=southernMaryland

 

 

 

 
Richard G. White
RichardGWhite.com

 

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