Student ‘count day’ results in teacher reassignments in Denver schools
DENVER — While the official ‘student count day’ is October 1, Denver Public Schools has their count day in the third week of classes.
This is the word from Superintendent Tom Boasberg on questions about why popular teachers are being reassigned or ‘ribbed’ based on student populations in schools across the district.
“We have a school driven approach not a top down attitude,” said Boasberg. “Our budget process allows the money to follow the kids, and if a school has fewer students than projected, they get less money… money needed to hire teachers.”
Parents such as R. J. Ours says, “We wanted to find out why teachers were being let go after six weeks of classes,” said Ours whose son is a junior at George Washington High School. “Our hope is that a sense of bonding has happened and it’s a shame to have teachers prepare for a semester only to be released after six weeks.”
Boasberg says people often mix up the state and DPS count days, saying Denver’s is done early but sometimes teachers don’t leave right away, which he says accounts for parents thinking the ribbing –Reduction In Building–is happening this late in the first semester.