Teachers drowning in paperwork

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By Kellie Parkin

Levy County School teachers are buried in paperwork, said Cindy Roach, President of the Levy County Education Association, at last week's School Board meeting.

"The will and spirit of teachers across the district are being broken by the burden of paperwork required on a daily basis," Roach said.

"Paperwork has gotten way out of hand," she said. "It has become an epidemic."

Examples of current paperwork include daily lesson plans, daily focus charts, curriculum maps, Sunshine State Standards assessments, assessment folders, student progress reports, report cards, notes to parents, emails that require response, and daily paper grading and recording.

Finding the time to complete the paperwork is difficult for teachers, Roach said. "If the paperwork alone is not enough to stress a teacher out, add to it the fact that time is never provided to accomplish the task."

Daily planning periods are no longer used for planning, but for meetings instead, she said.

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