Cut county schools bureaucracy, not teachers

March 14, 2011

Reading the article in The Sun ("Balto. Co. high schools plan cuts," March 14) was not the way I wanted to start my day. My husband and I have five children. Next year, four of them will be at Towson High School, and I am greatly disturbed to see that we will lose the services of 9.5 teachers.

According to the article, Baltimore County intends to cut almost 200 teaching positions in its high schools. Class sizes are already too big and with these cuts the average sizes will grow even more, up to an average of 29 students per classroom. If that is the average, we all know that means that some classes will have 30 or more students.

Furthermore, I cannot for the life of me understand why teaching positions are being cut but the budget reduction "makes no cuts to administrative positions or support staff." Not only are administrative positions not being cut, but "in the past three years eleven positions have been added to the superintendent's staff." Can anyone please tell me how they think the students are going to benefit from this? Or are we simply not about the students and their education anymore?

I pray that Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz takes the time to examine the operating budget and finds ways to prioritize the needs of the students over all of the bureaucracy that dictates our schools.

Christina Young, Baltimore

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