Funding is Critical to Improved Learning
The following post is from Lindsey Childers, a 2013-14 Hope Street Group Fellow. For the three previous years she has been an elementary school principal at Indian Hills Elementary School and for the 2013-2014 school year will transition into a district-level curriculum specialist/primary assistant principal position.
How important is additional education funding to me and my students? Quite simply, it is critical to improving the learning experiences of my students and helping me improve and grow as a teacher.
Additional funding is needed to help teachers like me develop and enhance our skills by keeping up with the latest strategies and best classroom practices.
Money is also needed to update essential classroom resources. That is especially true now that the educational bar has been raised with the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS). It falls to us as teachers to find resources and supplemental material to help our students learn and understand these new more rigorous standards. Without money for resources that are research based, teachers are asked to find materials to use in the classroom. While this can work for some, I don't think a lot of teachers have the experience, the knowledge or the time needed to know how to select the best materials for their students.
We need funding to support teacher professional development and to provide classroom resources -- resources that are crucial to the success of our students.