Nowhere. They already work with nothing. Everything's outdated, extracurriculars are minimal. Our high school was built in the 30's and pretty darn soon that's going to need major renovations, if not a new building entirely.
I honestly don't know how these teachers do what they do so well with so little to work with. They need
more funding. They need
Honestly, what I see happening at this point is that the sixth graders are going to move into the second elementary building for now. They're obviously not going to cut 4k, but I think they'll wait to impose any kind of levy until the repairs on the high school; that's too pressing. People will be pissed off about their kids going to other school, but they would be more pissed off about having to pay the extra funding, and then to pay again when the high school repairs come up.
When that time comes around I see the sixth graders being moved over into the high school, out of the elementary schools entirely.
It just irritates me so much that people can be so cheap about their kids school, that they can write off the teachers so easily to justify that cheapness.
I think this is like a lot of other issues in any city. People don't understand where the money is coming from.
I remember about 7-8 years ago talking to a retired teacher and he was saying something about teachers needing to be paid more. Then he tells me that teachers are paid about 40k per year. At the time, I was pregnant and working at a full time, just above minimum wage job and my husband was either working at one as well or had just been laid off from it. We made maybe 25k between the two of us, so I had a hard time going with the whole "40k isn't enough!!!" defense.
What makes it different for teachers is that they're having to pick up the slack from their school district so they're paying for a lot of things that they shouldn't have to, just so they can teach in an effective way.
Something has to give somewhere. I vaguely remember having to bring in school supplies when I was in school, but they were my
supplies. Now, when my daughter goes to school at the first of the year, she brings in class
supplies like crayons, glue sticks, facial tissue and things like that to be shared by the class throughout the year. That way, it's not the school or the town paying for it, but the people who are actually using it. I've heard that a lot of parents are upset about that policy though. Just can't win for losing.