"The Demanding Classroom" Writes about Paraprofessionals

Sara and Richard Finegan

The Demanding Classroom is a blog run by husband and wife team Sara and Richard Finegan and they have put together a great series of posts on paraprofessionals.

You can view all of their paraeducator posts at this site, a few of which are highlighted below:

It's great to see people writing about paraeducator issues. If you have a blog that you have written about paraeducators, please let us know about it.

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town cutting paraeducator benefits

The town of Swanzey is trying to cut back at the expense of the precious lives of their children. Last week the town of swanzey (NH) voted to cut back para's hours from 7 hours a day to 5 1/2 hours a day which means we lose our medical benefits and our retirement. The full article is in the Keene Sentinel. I am appalled that we do so much for the town of Swanzey's children and the surrounding towns and this is how they repay us.

Many of the para's use their own money to buy our students school supplies, food and sometimes clothing. Many times you can find a para comforting a crying teen or talking a student out of quitting school. Many of us go beyond the work day to help students with tutoring or senior projects. Paras prepare students for the real world in the life skills and school to career capacity. Our school district has had many issues but one of the constants is the paras dedication to students. We love our kids.