Patch received the following response from Lawrence Teachers' Association President Lori Skonberg regarding Superintendent Gary Schall's for the district:
Re: The Universal Pre-K Program
For years now, the district has showered accolades upon the pre-k and kindergarten programs at the Number Four School, holding them up as shining examples of what can be accomplished with both vision and commitment. The district is willing to sacrifice this record of success all in the name of saving money. It is our belief that the hiring of less experienced contracted out teachers will come at the expense of the district’s youngest and most impressionable learners. This is a risk not worth taking.
Re: The High School Schedule
Restructuring is an ill-advised scheme to reduce services to the children in the district in order to save money. There is no way that Lawrence High School students will benefit more from an 8 period day than they do with a 9 period day. For example, the new schedule will require program cuts through the elimination of elective courses. Also, students will have the amount of time spent on science laboratory experiences reduced to the state minimum allowable under the law. The LTA does not and cannot support any proposed change that places finances above sound educational policy.