Hoquiam, WA - School board members heard from more teachers than parents at a meeting Monday night on the proposed shortened class schedule for the coming school year, as one parent spoke against the plan "I don't think less seat time for our students is going to improve their education."
School Superintendent Mike Parker detailed the proposed options for an early-release Wednesday "We put together two alternatives, actually three if you count doing nothing, maybe we go to twenty days instead of every Wednesday, then the other option was to do every Wednesday."
Marissa LaLonde is a 4th grade teacher, she says Hoquiam's teachers are stressed for time as it is.
The standards keep going higher and higher, and we're getting asked to do more and more, and we have to be effective. To be effective Teachers have to collaborate. - Marissa LaLonde
The extra 90 minutes created by an early release would allow teachers of core curriculum to collaborate on teaching practices, make needed changes, and analyzing student performance.