We’ve all heard about the financial effects of our county’s declining school enrollments. The funding from the state is on a per student basis, so fewer students means less money.
But what about the instructional effects? We tend to think that having fewer students in class is a good thing, and for the most part, it is. But there are other considerations. And the other considerations effect students, teachers and schedules. We will look at each of them over the next few days.
Effects on teachers:
- Smaller schools often require more part-time teachers due to fewer course offerings; it is difficult to find teachers willing to work part time.
- In smaller schools, more teachers teach outside of their certification areas.
- Teachers in smaller schools typically have more preparations than teachers in larger schools.
- As staffing reductions are made commensurate with declining student enrollment, teachers feel a sense of less job security.
- Collaborative planning among teachers in like content areas in a building becomes challenging in smaller schools.