by Locker Room contributor
HB 1151 mandates that public schools much provide teachers a daily, duty-free lunch period and a daily, duty-free period for instructional planning. There is nothing objectionable about the idea behind law, but it has negative practical consequences. First, it will make school level planning much more difficult. In particular, high schools, by virtue of their schedule (year-round, block, traditional) and course offerings (electives, co-op), require as much flexibility as possible. More importantly, this bill may also require school districts to hire more personnel, especially teacher’s aids, in order to provide the maximum number of teachers with the mandated lunch and planning periods. Both are tall orders with the start of school a month away.