On Tuesday afternoon I traveled to Duncan for their ADE meeting. We talked a great deal about the issues coming up before the 2008 legislature and the salary proposals by Governor Henry and Senator Kenneth Corn, both of which could be in jeopardy due to the recent tax cuts.
Other issues Duncan members were concerned about included merit pay/pay for test scores and the extended day/ year proposal. As with teachers all across the state, their concerns include making sure that the quality of time is more important than the quantity, as well as where would the funding come from to pay for the additional operation costs associated with running schools--salaries and benefits included.
ADE members are organizing a petition drive to alert their legislative representatives against the extended day/year issue and will be presenting those signed petitions to those representatives.
It was an informative meeting run by President Slvia Sparks and I really enjoyed getting to meet many of the building representatives in the Duncan Schools where they've had an increase of 7 new members this year. Great work Duncan.