Re: No reduction in EAs, June 10.
I am responding to your front-page story last week about ‘35 new hires’ the Surrey School District is doing for educational assistants (EAs).
Having been an EA for almost 17 years, I found this article an insult and fabrication.
The actual new hire numbers may be correct, but will those new hires actually get any hours or be able to support themselves?
With all the cutbacks this year, which will be effective in September, I don’t see that possible.
Of all my EA friends at other schools, as well as mine, on average our EA hours have been cut in half. People with 13 years seniority are being let go and will be having to apply for other positions, which I’m sure won’t be many.
The school district is feeding the public false information and not telling the real truth.
Parents have to advocate for their special-needs children – and all children – if they want to see real progress.
Lisa Snickars, Surrey