Teachers shoulder burden of 8-period day [Letter]

Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance wants to implement his new eight period system in the county's high schools ("Signs of trouble in county schools?" Feb. 24). This system actually calls for four periods of instruction a day with alternating classes every other day, to accomplish the eight periods of instruction.

Under the new system, most subject-matter teachers will teach three out of four periods each day. But under the old seven-period system, most teachers taught five-out-of-seven periods. This means that the new eight period system will require that the teachers work almost 4 percent longer each day.

I wonder if Superintendent Dance will request that the county hire 4 percent more teachers or simply give the existing teachers a 4 percent pay raise.

Leslie Kuff, Cockeysville

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