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Lee County's likely solution for class size: substitute teachers



Schools need teachers. Districts say their funds are running short.

So why not use substitute teachers to fill the gap — at least until voters decide what they want in November?

Subs don't make nearly as much as full-time staffers, and they don't get benefits, to boot. 

"There are instances where you have a classroom that may be in compliance one day and the next day they get a few more kids, and they are out of compliance,” said Lee Schools Budget Director Ami Desamours, according to the Naples Daily News. "We may want to consider putting a long-term sub in that classroom as a co-teacher."

The idea probably won't go over well with parents, if it gets approved. But we can't help but wonder if it will catch on with other districts anyway. Here's hoping the other ways that districts look to cope with class size don't come across as being more motivated by money than education.


[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:08am]


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