My You And The World blog is about the school budget crisis in Philadelphia and how it affects me as a student at Science Leadership Academy and the rest of the School District of Philadelphia. In my first blog, I talked about how these cuts affect supports for special education, access to nurses, teachers and learning materials, extracurricular activities and higher student to teacher ratios in classrooms.
I based most of my original research on my first blog post. I wanted people to share their insight with me on what they thought the crisis was caused by, what they would do if they had control of cutting and spending in the school district, etc.
By reading the answers to my research it gave me perspective as to how others are informed, or not at all informed about some of the topics I elaborated on in my survey. This survey did not sate my knowledge about the major budget cuts at schools. However, I think if I had more answers to my survey I could have developed a better baseline of information and opinions for this blog post. Over the two month period after my first post I read an article about Gov. Tom Corbett’s increase to state education funding called the Ready To Learn Initiative.
The Philadelphia School District will be receiving $29 million, but while this sounds like a lot of money the school district will only be able to use it on aligning the K-3 curriculum to the state standards. For my agent of change proposal I am considering working as an assistant with the the school special ed teacher and union representative Mrs. Elizabeth Menasion in the spring. I am collaborating with her because she deals with all the budget issues in Science Leadership Academy thus, having a lot of connections with a lot of influential people within the school district.
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