Is it 25:1 or is it 14.9:1

A loyal reader sent this in:


Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, all secondary school schedules will now be a 6 of 8 model, including all core and non-core teachers. All core and non-core teachers will have a prep period and a planning period. This allows for better use of schedules to benefit students, and allows teachers the time needed to plan, grade, and meet with colleagues.

To accommodate this change, the teacher-student ratio has been changed to 25:1. This has resulted in some teachers being shifted or displaced. All displaced teachers are guaranteed a position with the District and this will not affect campus seniority. Displaced teachers will be assigned to their current campus until further notice.

Teachers impacted by the change will be notified on July 10. We ask that you please respond promptly so that we can meet and discuss your assignment.

Administration has been working diligently with our teacher associations to ensure this is a smooth transition for everyone. Thank you for your cooperation and for being part of Team EPISD. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Thank you,

Marc Escareno

Principal, Coronado High School

16 Responses to Is it 25:1 or is it 14.9:1

  1. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t old school unions used to call this practice feather bedding? If jobs are eliminated private sector, non union companies either reassign displaced folks or lay them off. They don’t assign them to a building with nothing to do.


  2. Anonimoose says:

    This letter went to Franklin and El Paso High, too. There has been no comment from the union. Why not? Will seniority be upheld (meaning newest in, newest surplussed?). Where can surplussed teachers be reassigned if schools are closing with the three westside schools all claiming too many teachers (yes, EPHS is not technically westside)? Most teachers at Coronado as of today have class sizes of 30-35. Counselors, ALLs, librarians, and others with no students are figured into the 25:1 or 14.9:1, so these ratios are false to begin with if you look into how they are calculated. Obviously EPISD is surplussing teachers to lower salary expense. Why not cut administration positions? Teacher morale is at an all-time low. Summer break is at half-time and most teaches have that sick feeling in their stomachs. What next? The joke is life was better with Garcia.

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  3. epkamikazi says:

    I’m confused… this basically limits student:teacher ratio to 25:1 and provides teachers with 2 periods for planning and prep.

    I fail to see how this will cause an excess of teachers.

    I am grateful that my son’s campus in SISD has a 18:1 ratio!


    • Anonimoose says:

      The 25:1 is a ghost number. The real number is about 33:1.There are hundreds with a teaching certificate with no students in EPISD who are figured into the 25:1 ratio (counselors, ALLs, librarians, etc,


    • Anonymous says:

      If previously teachers could have fewer students in a class and can now have more you would ultimately need fewer teachers as they will have more students. Elective teachers will get an extra period off which mean either classes go larger or you need more elective teachers to accommodate the classes where teachers now have another period off.


  4. anonymous says:

    14.9 Really? Not 15. 14.9


  5. Anonymous says:

    How ridiculous is it to guarantee teachers a job when they are not needed? If they are closing schools but keeping the teachers how will the taxpayer benefit in any way? Somehow the existing schools have too few teachers? It seems that every “budget” from any school district is heavily weighted towards ever increasing labor costs while teacher and school performance decrease. In fact, teachers and administration seem to be completely against any performance measures whatsoever, just higher pay for teachers and no teacher loses their job no matter what.

    Show me a single successful company that operates in this way. You can’t, because they don’t exist. Only taxpayer funded entities reward failure so spectacularly. Next up, teacher walkouts demanding higher teacher pay “for the children”.


    • Anonimoose says:

      Just how is failure rewarded? Facts please.


    • Tom Busch says:

      DHS operates like this every day. Right in your back yard. Overstaffed. Dumb, fat, untrained, mean spirited kids whose starting salary is higher than a teacher’s salary. They have no positive value. You need to focus. If you’re looking for profligate waste you’re barking up the wrong tree.


  6. Anonymous says:

    Good thing the Coronado administration had at least 7 teachers “retire/quit” aka forced out, during the 2017-2018 school year. They shouldn’t have as many displaced this year. 😠


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