Parents voice concern over teacher staffing


[Editor’s Note: Frederick County Public Schools was invited to take part in this podcast discussion, but no representative was made available. A request for written comment went unanswered.]

School has yet to start for the students at Parkway Elementary School, but it is the parents, and some kids, that have butterflies over the upcoming school year. 

Due to low teacher staffing, Frederick County Public Schools had to choose between classrooms with one teacher to approximately 30 kids or multi-grade classrooms. The schools went with the latter. 

At Parkway, there are only nine teachers this year, down from 12 the previous one. 

Producer Heather Mongilio spoke with education reporter Katryna Perera about what multi-grade classrooms are and why parents feel uneasy about the decision. 

Then three parents of Parkway students join Mongilio to talk about how the decision will affect them. 

Representatives from Frederick County Public Schools were unable to comment by deadline Monday.

Finally, features reporter Kate Masters joins Mongilio to speak about TLC's "90 Day Fiancé," which features a Frederick resident. Masters and Mongilio also speak about Burger King's Impossible Whopper and whether people can tell the difference between a beef and a plant-based burger.