May 12, 2003
Last year's South Carolina Teacher of the Year returns to an elementary school classroom in Columbia South Carolina filled with more children than when she left – about a ten% increase – even though reducing class size is the most important way to improve education.
The South Carolina teacher of the year from the previous year returned from her sabbatical to find her school district had eliminated her actual position. She was the mentor who helped new teachers learn how to improve their classroom lessons.
The cutbacks are the result of fiscal policies at every level of government that are starving the schools for money.
The Bush administration may proclaim, "No Child Left Behind." But its funding cuts can only leave more and more children further and further behind.