I agree with a previous poster who said NO new technology. Enough already with the upgrades and the high tech stuff. It's generally nothing but a distraction for both teachers and students. Spend the money on things that matter. Make the class sizes smaller (which means hiring more teachers) and the school buildings safe and usable for all students. Thanks for letting me dream.
I love the idea of having computers for each student! Many students will have to take college courses online, so getting students prepared by introducing them to programs like Blackboard and Moodle would be beneficial. I teach writing and it's very difficult to have writing conferences with class sizes of 30, so hiring more staff for smaller class sizes is how I would spend additional funds. I also would hire more staff for some kind of mentor program for incoming freshmen.
Here in Florida, teachers rank among the lowest paid in the United States, so I would have to make pay raises a top priority if I was allocating funds for public education. Aside from that, I would like to see each classroom outfitted with computers for every student; and textbooks for each student (not just class sets, as is found in many Florida classrooms).
I would direct more money into the hands of the individual classroom teachers to spend as they feel educationally necessary. It's been years since I took kids on a field trip. I skimp on acquiring new materials or novels because we can't afford it. I lack some very basic technology, and even had to spring for my own maps for next year, or go without. I think we could make the most immediate impact by letting teachers spend money on what they know will help their teaching (within reason - no hot tubs, perhaps), bypassing the administration completely so the money doesn't get squandered on consultants and trainings that may have very limited value in terms of actual education. Smaller class sizes would be nice, but whether my 1st period is 32 or 28 doesn't make a huge qualitative difference to me. Just my opinion.
Yes!!! Smaller class size. This is a big problem in schools today. There are students who really need the extra help but can't get it because the teacher is too busy with the rest of the very large class. In addition to reducing class size, I would like to see more technology. Some schools are just not equipped with the technology that students need.
(And YES to a raise in teachers salaries too!)
- smaller class sizes (AMEN)
- raise in teacher salaries
- revamping of cafeteria food - fresher, healthier, less fried, less sugar, less processed, less fat.
- individual classroom regulation of temperature (anyone else find your school to be 90 degrees in the winter and 50 degrees in the spring and fall? It seems all public school thermostats are controlled by the "central office" - often miles away - which seems it would actually be costlier in the long run).
- more engery efficient schools
NO to new technology. I think in general, more money is wasted on technology and new resources as it is.
Not to be an echo--but, smaller class sizes to me are key. More educational funding means that districts can hire more teachers and keep the student/teacher ration low. If one looks at the success of many private or charter schools, he will see that much of that success derives from the fact that students receive much more one-on-one attention in those schools because of smaller classes.
As an English teacher who tries to develop analysis and writing skills in my students, I simply do not have the time I need to be able to work with each student in the most successful manner. When I first started teaching, we thought that we were fortunate to teach classes with 25 or fewer students. In the past couple of years, we've been teaching and average of 30 students per class, and we've been warned that it will be even worse this year. It's simply not possible for me to address that many students' individual needs within the time allotted for English class.
I think smaller class sizes are heavenly! The students truly do get more attention from the teacher and problems are less likely to develop because of it. We already have small classrooms and class sizes and a wonderful library/resource center, but we need computers for each room and a dedicated science lab with equipment for our higher grades. An additional item we need in the future is a larger building as we're outgrowing the one we're in now. That's what we'd spend educational money on.
I agree with the above post. I'm in New Jersey, and because of Christie's massive budget cuts, the English classes at my school will go from an average of about 19 to 28. In the past, we've been able to have individual writing conferences with students during class so that the students get the attention they need and deserve, but I don't see how this will be possible now. So I'd like to see smaller classes too. I would also like to have some basic technology and funds to create a small library/resource center in the classrooms.
If money was available, I would spend it on smaller class size, additional technology in the classroom, and additional training to use the technology. To me, smaller class size is really important. It is so easy for a student to slip between the cracks in a large class. Smaller classes means more time for each student.
How Would You Use Additional Educational Funds?
How would you use additional educational funds?
What "additional educational funds"? There never is a surplus, always a shortage and this is truly ashame!