Schools are feeling the effects of city belt-tightening, reports Peace in the Classroom, a first grade teacher:
I spent about 30 minutes today chopping 3 inches off about 500 copies of reading logs, writing paper choices, homework assignments, etc. You see, we are having another copy crisis at my school. I was told that this crisis is city-wide. Apparently (according to my AP), the chancellor has put a “freeze” on all new purchases, including copy paper. We have been without white paper for almost a week right now. …
When my “office” friends ask me what my job is like, I tell them, imagine being the CEO of a small company where you are expected to oversee employees, communicate with associates, and make a profit without email, copies, a phone, or any office supplies.
Teachers from another school have also told me about the supply freeze resulting in a shortage of copy paper.
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