Special Education Cuts in 2013-2014 budget
April 30, 2013 | 07:22 PM

I guess the tough decisions that have been made and the improving economy are all good news. Pay increase of 3% - great! If only the story stopped there...

The last two paragraphs will be skipped or skimmed by most people. But what is said in these two paragraphs is chilling.

First, the average salary of a Fulton County Parapro is in the range of $20,000 per year. That 3% increase equals $50 per month before taxes. Not exactly a bonanza.

Secondly, the 23-40 Special Education Parapros that are losing their job are being rewarded with a 100% pay reduction. Again, not exactly a bonanza.

In the story Parapros are referred to as staff that does 'not work directly with students'. Nothing could be further from the truth. If that is truly the understanding of the 'spokesman of the department' it indicates a disturbing level of ignorance of what goes on within his own organization.

This is the part of the story that is the most disturbing. That the value of the highly dedicated and trained Special Education Parapros are being dismissed, literally and figuratively by the Fulton County Board of Education. And our students that require and deserve the most help have been singled out as the ones who will suffer next year.

Jim Rice
Johns Creek