"Teachers ...are unable to request the resource they need most: time." (www.ed.gov)
I feel like someone dropped a big pile of money on the Glen Oaks Campus and teachers are scrambling to grab their stack of it before someone else does. The premise behind comp time and letting teachers decide how it is doled out is that teachers would decide what is best for the students not what is best for the teachers. Comp-time is the DOE’s way of getting services in the building done from the teacher budget that was originally allocated for students. We are entrusted with the school culture. Once again we stand on the precipice of creating a teacher-centered school or a student-centered school. The pile of money (or comp-time) comes not magically from the heavens (as the Christian right might have you believe) but from a loop hole in the pockets of the students. What are we doing? If add up all the comp-time on the current ballot (less the hanging chads) it adds up to 7.1 teachers. Frankly seven fulltime teachers might be better for the building than 2 hr comp-time positions scattered amongst the staff.
Dismissing all comp-time
Better for teachers? NO
Better for teaching? YES
To shamelessly steal from James Carville (who looks very much like James Woolsey) once again:
“It’s the students stupid.”
I realize I'm being idealistic but I would love to hear what other teachers think.
see also: Teaching Montessori: Cohorts, Community, and Comp Time