Good Morning! Please find our April 2017 Newsletter! We are thrilled that we have action packed months of May and June. From Science Fair & the Big Sweep, to Chorus & Grade Level Performances to our end of year family Luau and Field Day - Read up, get informed and join us!
Dear Parents & PTA Members,
Please read the information below that Wake County PTA sent out concerning HB13. If you received this message, you, your children and your children's teachers are impacted if the bill is not pass quickly.
This is mandatory state-wide and our Superintendent has no choice but to prepare a budget for 2017-2018 that follows the current mandate. This means our specialist could lose their jobs.
Additionally, to make space for the added K-3 classes required, we may have to have much larger 4th and 5th grade classes, we may lose classroom space used by the AIG program, and may have permanent classrooms in non-traditional spaces like the stage, the media center, converted hallway space or the gym.
We also encourage you to communicate your concerns to members of the Senate Education Committee by email, phone calls, and in-person meeting. Those members can be found HERE.
Or use this list of email addresses to send urgent messages:
You may also find our official resolution statement that will be sent to the Senate Education Committee and State Senators in support of passing HB13 swiftly here.
Thanks for your help!
ACES PTA Board of Directors
An important piece of legislation is being considered in the NC Senate called HB13.
Last year, the General Assembly passed its budget with a section that limited class sizes for grades K-3 starting with the 2017-18 school year. Unfortunately, the unintended consequences resulted in an un-funded mandate that would require thousands of new K-3 teachers in public schools across the state, and more than 400 teachers in the Wake County Public School System alone. WCPSS does not have the actual classrooms for these 400 new elementary classes, nor do the certified teachers for these classes exist.
HB13, a bill introduced to fix this problem, was approved by the NC House last week which adds language giving school districts the ability to exceed those limits by six students per class. Unfortunately, the bill is now stalled in a Senate committee and has not been voted upon. If signed into law, the changes will basically bring the class size limits in grades K-3 back to where they have been traditionally.
If this law is not passed by the Senate, WCPSS would have to add more than 400 new teachers in grades K-3 next school year, according to school system estimates. Paying for that would mean eliminating other classes like art, music, PE, media, technology, and more. Few of these specialist teachers are certified to teach outside of their specialty even though they are elementary school teachers. So, this law would put experienced teachers out of work while requiring the hiring of hundreds of new, and possibly inexperienced, elementary school teachers.
Two other problems exist in this situation. For starters, there just aren’t 400 elementary-certified teachers clamoring to find work. WCPSS started the 2016-17 school year with certified teaching vacancies at all levels under current conditions. Filling an additional 400 new elementary-only slots is impossible.
The second problem is space. WCPSS Superintendent James Merrill estimates the school system would need to build more than 20 new elementary schools to house all of these K-3 classes.
The NCPTA encourages its members to contact their State Senator to urge them to vote soon and to vote yes on HB13. Time is of the essence in the passage of the law, as WCPSS is currently planning its budget for next year. Without a clear path forward, the school system will have to plan for cuts to programming, a severe teacher shortage and somehow find new facilities to house new classrooms.
Go to www.ncleg.net to find email addresses, phone numbers and names of your representative in the North Carolina Senate.
(adopted from Wake Ed Partnership "In Context", 2/13/17. Read more at http://www.wakeed.org/in-context/k-3-class-size-limits/)
ACES PTA is currently accepting nominations for its 2017-2018 Board of Director.
Descriptions of our BOD responsibilities are listed under the Volunteer section of our website.
If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else please complete this Application, under Forms,
and return it to the front office or email it to Sue Reynolds!
SAVE THE DATE (March 28th)!!
McDonalds and Abbotts Creek are partnering for a super fun Spirit Night. ACES teachers and staff will be taking your orders and serving up meals at McDonald's on Durant Road (9698 Falls of Neuse Road) from 5pm to 8pm on 3/28!! This is a great opportunity for us to make some free money, as McDonalds will donate a portion of sales back to ACES! You don't want to miss out on this fun night!
DR. SEUSS WEEK (February 27th - March 3rd)
Join in the fun as we Read Across America!
Friday's parade will be from 9:30am to 10:30am and parents are invited to attend. There will even be special guests!!