Parents: Don't cut teachers, cut executive perks instead - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Parents: Don't cut teachers, cut executive perks instead

(WMC-TV) - Some Shelby County Schools parents say the school system is putting administrative perks above its teachers.

So far, 160 teachers have been told they have been "excessed", meaning they are not guaranteed jobs when Memphis and Shelby County Schools merge this fall.

Parents like Audrey Grossman are emailing, calling and sending Facebook messages to Action News 5 with concerns about teacher cuts.

"Teachers who have received notice they're being 'excessed' are afraid to talk," said Grossman.

The school system says lower enrollment and the tight budget mean teachers lose tenure and they will have to reapply for their jobs.

Grossman says administrators have no problems paying themselves with car allowances and work cell phones.

"With high-priced executives and the perks they receive, instead of cutting classroom teachers, counselors, nurses," added Grossman.

Parents and teachers are also hearing that the school system is leaning towards the old Memphis schools model to increase class size, so there would be less teachers.

Action News 5's Kontji Anthony obtained internal school memos that reveal in addition to a 26 percent reduction in central office staff, the superintendent has called to eliminate executive director positions, except for security. And he wants to eliminate all executive car allowances.

"I applaud them for that. I think it should have been done a long time ago," said Grossman.

The class size issue has yet to be determined.

The administration says they will share more concrete information later this week.

In one memo, the superintendent said there is no easy way to do this.

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