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    Posted March 3, 2013 by
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Teachers: Worried about forced spending cuts?

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    You Cut Special Ed!?!


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     joshuans has been teaching special education at an elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for four years. He says that budget cuts have already affected him in the past – his school cut one special education position and a teaching position, forcing him and other teachers to work only four days a week.

    But, since something has to be cut, here’s what he had to say: 'If I had to cut something from education, I would prioritize the importance of certain types of higher education degrees and cut funding from the degree programs that were of less importance. These kinds of cuts could be made on a state level as well,' he said.

    Teachers: We're looking for your thoughts on the forced spending cuts. Are you worried? Share your story here.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    I am an elementary special education teacher in Baton Rouge, LA.

    According to the National Education Association (NEA), Louisiana will lose an estimated 9.6 million dollars in special education grants affecting 3,640 students while cutting 151 jobs.

    Special education teachers and support staff are already stretched far to thin to absorb 151 job losses. And our students' academic performance cannot afford to lose the approximately 6,000 hours that these staff member spend with students, per week.

    Cut an F-35, save thousands of teachers. We actually work.
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