BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) – On Monday, the Association of Brownsville Educators (ABOE) announced that Brownsville ISD (BISD) released revised schedules for elementary to high school staff, relieving IBSD employees of some additional requirements.
âWe hear everywhere that we say that the teachers are so exhausted that there is a shortage of staff because they leave in the middle of the year,â said Ida AbeldaÃ±o, an organizer of AOBE.
AbeldaÃ±o said in October that AOBE shared the stories of several educators with the BISD school board and called it âA day in the life,â where teachers detailed their concerns about overwork.
âFrom there they went back and met with the professional development department and they were able to cut over 70 meetings and trainings that they were going to be required to attend,â AbeldaÃ±o said.
In addition to the AOBE presentation, a survey reflected what educators thought about the additional trainings and meetings, AbeldaÃ±o added.
ValleyCentral spoke to Brownsville ISD who said they’ve assessed how they could lighten extra work to improve the work experience for employees.
âWe know that teachers spend a lot of time before school, during the school day and an extended day to meet these demands, so we believe that the teacher needs time to implement the strategies learned,â he said. said Dr Anysia TreviÃ±o, Deputy Superintendent of Programs and Education and Human Resources at BISD.
AOBE added that the statewide shortage of substitute teachers is also reducing staff on BISD campuses.
âThere are a number of classrooms that don’t have replacement covers, so what they have to do is remove the staff from the office, the library or things like that, or join two classrooms. class together, âsaid AbeldaÃ±o.
TreviÃ±o said BISD has given substitute teachers an additional $ 10 a day until December, but is considering the possibility of paying more.
âPerhaps the salary increase will help, but we understand that we are still having this problem and we are working hard to ensure that we have quality replacements in our classroom,â TreviÃ±o said.
Although AbeldaÃ±o said this was a step in the right direction, AOBE is still striving to receive more help for BISD educators.
âKeep on holding on, we thought last year was difficult, but this year has gotten even more difficult, but we don’t want them to give up,â said AbeldaÃ±o.