Townsend, MA- A second-grade teacher states, "There should be more of them. And they should be paid more" as she pickets along with 15 paraprofessionals to send a message that they deserve more.
The teacher goes on:
From preparing worksheets to showing the children how to tie their shoes, teaching assistants do all sorts of tedious yet important tasks that she doesn't have the time to do herself. As the class sizes increase, these assistants, or so-called paraprofessionals, play growingly critical roles in classrooms, she said.
The article also notes:
Since the No Child Left Behind Act was enacted in 2001, skill-sets required for paraprofessionals dramatically increased, and their workload has grown each year as they try to help fill various needs of individual children...
Link to article: N. Middlesex aides seeking better pay