I cannot begin to say how sad I am that next year I may not be able to teach your children or live in this beautiful desert. I am one of many teachers who may not be returning to your schools next year.


Due to the mismanagement of funds and poor planning overall, our state is in an unprecedented financial crisis. Making matters worse, our district built two new elementary schools in a year with declining enrollment. They borrowed from the general fund that pays teachers and back filled it with stimulus dollars. These new schools will not be hiring back teachers, but are taking transfers from other schools.


Schools are consolidating classrooms as we speak to numbers that could top 35. In the lower grades that is nearly double last years numbers. What does this mean to you and your child? Stress. Your child may be in a class where he or she will struggle for attention or become lost in the crowd. The classes will be more crowded, noisy, and distracting than in previous years. Sure, teachers will still teach and students will still learn, but the kids will suffer. Yes, we have dealt with overcrowding before. The question is why should our kids have to suffer?