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Referendum Funding Appears to Have Saved at Least One Job

Where last year about 130 teachers in the Monroe County Community School Corporation were laid off, the addition of public referendum funding appears to have saved at least one job in 2011.

Budget cuts in 2010 affected thousands of educators across the nation including MCCSC English Teacher Claire Roth. “Performance has nothing to do with who loses their job and who doesn’t. It just based on seniority, and I don’t think it’s the best way,” she said.

Many school corporations issued budget measures seeking extra taxpayer support, and most failed. MCCSC’s succeeded – and, in the process, not only kept Claire Roth on the teaching rolls, but moved her from a part-time position this year to a full-time job next year.

“As a younger teacher it’s difficult to know I’m not as valued as a staff member because I haven’t spent as much time in the system,” Roth said. She said she was at the bottom of the English list and she saw it coming. “I was sad because I find teaching to be very fulfilling.”

Roth has accepted a full-time position at Bloomington’s New Technology High School for the next school year. She taught at New Tech her second year with MCCSC and is glad to return.

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