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The Story of 319 Coffee and Ted Auch for Board of Education

HeyShaker October 22, 2019 2

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Hear from Mike Vehar of 319 Coffee to find out where the coffee shop got it’s name. We also talk to Ted Auch who is running for a seat on the Board of Education. 

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  1. Rachel Gurshman on October 29, 2019

    As a goofy podcast nerd, I’m so happy that Shaker has one all about it! I just heard the Auch interview (thanks for doing these as we approach Election Day) and was interested in hearing about his advocacy for class sizes 15 and under. Great idea, but I wonder if it can really be done at the SMS and Woodbury levels, where my kids are now. Class sizes there are routinely 20+ – my son’s eighth grade language/lit class is about 27! How can we realistically change that?

  2. Ted Auch on October 29, 2019

    Fair question Rachel! We need to look at reallocating some of the instructional coaches to in-class instructors. Given the background level of enrollment declines that alone would lower the student teacher level ratio by roughly 3.5% per year if we were to keep # of teacher steady over the next 10-15 years. However, I am of the opinion that the enrollment decline has stabilized. Therefore, I believe we need to look deeply and broadly at how we allocated funds and stop spinning our wheels chasing the next shiny object and realize that we should be laser focused on this ratio. If we were to take 25% of the instructional coaches and re-position them to be in the classrooms full-time that would give us 14-17 new teachers without increasing the budget or bringing in another teacher. Another thing to consider is that a recession is imminent nationwide and our reserves will most definitely take a hit. I would say that prior to that hit occurring we consider allocating 1% of our fund balance to bringing on new teachers until we achieve that ratio. This percentage would bring roughly 9-11 teachers per year into the district and we would rapidly achieve this ratio.

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