Letter to the Editor
August 18, 2016
To the Editor,
The Trenton Paraprofessional Association members were not hired by the Board of Education for bus duty in the extended school year this summer or the summer before.
The newspaper article on August 1 reported an assault on a young girl on the bus and that an assistant was assigned to that bus. That was an OSA employee of the Board – an outsourced assistant and NOT a Trenton Paraprofessional.
Our Trenton paraprofessionals are highly qualified and are not assistants. This is another example of why privatization of paraprofessional services does not work and places our children at risk.
We say “Shame on the Board of Education for privatizing paraprofessional work and placing our children at risk”.
Betty Glenn, President
Trenton Paraprofessional Association
Trenton Paras being fired by the Board at an unprecedented rate
Trenton’s teachers and educational support professionals (ESP) packed the parking lot outside the city’s board of education offices on March 22 to protest staff cuts that will leave at least 164 school district staff unemployed. The loss includes 92 paraprofessionals, 43 teachers, 23 secretaries and four business and technical employees. The cuts are particularly acute for students with special needs. The teacher cuts include the privatization of speech, occupational and physical therapists.
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Board calls for closure of Stokes Early Learning Center
The Trenton Board of Education is proposing the closure of Stokes Early Learning Center, a successful, well-equipped facility. Investing in early childhood education reaps great rewards. A study by economist and Nobel Laureate James Heckman shows that investing in early childhood education for at-risk youth is one of the most effective strategies for economic growth. High quality preschool helps reduce remedial education, health, and criminal justice system expenditures. It is estimated that for every $1 spent on preschool, a city reaps $7 in savings. Tell the Board to keep Stokes open for Trenton families!
Don’t let the school district shortchange Trenton students!
Don’t let the school district FIRE your neighbors – Trenton taxpayers!
Don’t let the school district destroy our community!
Our children deserve better!
Keep our community working!