Teacher Layoffs Forcing Dallas College To Drop Education Classes

By Stephanie Lucero, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The massive layoffs that are taking place within many public schools districts across the state are having an impact on colleges.

Richland College in Dallas has informed the association that accredits the college that it will phase out all of its education courses.

“As part of the program review we’ve determined that this program is no longer viable for us to offer, and so that’s the reason we are closing the program” says Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D., the Interim Vice President for Teaching and Learning at Richland College.

The college has also informed students enrolled in education courses on the campus.

“I’m sad” says Brittany Smith, a second year college student at Richland.  “The program was really good and I think it helped a lot of people” she says.

Administrators say enrollment has steadily declined in the teaching program for the last six years.  Richland College offers an Associate of Arts in Teaching and an Associate of Applied Science in Education.  Both programs are being phased out over the next three years.


One Comment

  1. Leanne Jensen Campbell says:

    Lame! This was my Associate program. Got the Associate of Arts in Teaching. It was also designed to transfer into the UNT program, which was great for transfer students!!!!

  2. CK says:

    Thanks to our government officials, funding for education is not priority unless it comes to cuts. They seem very quick to cut programs that were supposed to put people in the workforce. Now we are cutting funding in such drastic amounts that it would be a disservice to students to continue programs (such as teacher training) that train them for a trip to the unemployment office. Community colleges do an awesome job, yet they are forced to become magicians when it comes to funding because our elected officials find it adequate to provide less than 30% of state funding for education. Read also Steve Blow’s comments at http://www.dallasnews.com/news/columnists/steve-blow/20110511-heres-to-texas-community-colleges-and-their-graduates.ece It is very short-sighted to attract large corporations with tax incentives if the state cannot produce a skilled and educated workforce because they overlooked that “minor detail”. There is definitely something wrong with an education system where testing has become one of the biggest industries in our state capitol. I wonder how that happened?
    We are over-testing our kids and under-preparing them because test preparation is taking up the time for instruction. School performance is tied funding which depends on high test scores. So far, the only winners in this game have been the Testing industry. They are doing great with this mandate but our students are coming to community colleges underprepared, paying for developmental courses and zapping the limited funding of these colleges even further. Other countries are doing much better because they fund education and teach their children without neglecting accountability.
    US children are just as smart and bright as children from any other country but we need to focus class time on instruction and learning, not on testing and test taking skills. It is time for our elected officials to do what they are paid for by our taxes: start fixing the system they created (accountability systems that do not work) and allow educators to do what they love to do: teaching. Let our community college do what they do best: create an educated and skilled workforce. Sorry this was so long but we need to stop blaming those that didn’t create this mess.

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