Our students need consistency and our teachers need the resources to use research based best practices for more than a year or two. No reform can be implemented and tested in 18-24 months ... Why not listen to what the teachers know is best for the students - smaller class size, worthwhile PD, and more Social Workers in the school to help those students who have no support at home and are dealing with a multitude of problems that they bring to the classroom everyday. Yes, we need more instructional time in the classroom. I don't know a teacher who doesn't believe this, but first let's make sure that we can make good use of the time we have by solving the problems that take away from instructional time.
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