A teacher's perspective on Pinellas schools' budget cuts
Melanie Sekora, a teacher in Pinellas County, writes a candid piece about budget cuts from a teacher's perspective on ItsYourTimes.com.
Sekora says the state Legislature and the Pinellas County School Board have failed teachers, staff and students. That's not new, she writes, but now the cuts come with catch phrases, such as "You should be glad your job wasn’t cut."
She writes about the profound impact devoted teachers have on children and laments that teachers are left out of the decision-making process.
"Now envision how a disillusioned, discouraged, despondent teacher will impact your child over the next five years. You should be concerned. You should be alarmed," Sekora writes.
She concludes by imploring all parents to contact their legislators to explain how reduced funding will affect their children.
[Photo: Fifth grade teacher Margo Evancho high-fives Timothy Morand and her other students in her class at Melrose Elementary. Willie J. Allen Jr. | Times]