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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The budget also closes the Stokes Early Childhood Learning Center. The members of the Trenton Paraprofessionals Association (TPA) were joined by other Trenton locals, parents and faith leaders
in calling for an end to cuts in staff and services which unfairly target students with special needs.
The rally preceded a meeting of the Trenton Board of School Estimate, which was slated to approve the Trenton Board of Education’s proposed budget.
“They don’t care about our kids, because if they cared they would not take 92 people who work for these children and put them out of work,” said TPA President Betty Glenn. “These are the
people who are there for these kids. Who buy them clothes. Who buy them food. Who make sure that they’re there every day.”
Glenn recalled that when the budget was struck last year, one-on-one aides were fired and their jobs outsourced. She said the one-on-one aides supplied by the private contractor were not
serving their students.
“Where are they?” Glenn asked. “On their phones! Outside the door! Never with our children! It is scandalous.”
Paraprofessionals and parent liaisons work with Trenton Public Schools’ most vulnerable children and their families.
We Live Here
- Trenton paraprofessionals pay over $200,000 a year in property taxes.
- Our children and grandchildren attend Trenton Public schools.
We Work Here
- We have over 1,000 years of experience working with Trenton’s children.
- More than a third of us hold college degrees.
We matter to our students & community
- We’ve spent over $16,000 of our own money on our students.
- We work with students who need us the most – those who need extra support to be successful.
- We work to make a difference every day!
- We volunteer in our community and work with our students after school.