APS, teachers to find ‘copy compromise’

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – After a year of releasing constraints on the number of copies teachers make, Albuquerque Public Schools is cracking down on printer and copy machine usage. APS had a $2 million budget for copies, but district officials said they went over that by $700,000 last year.

To get under budget, APS has limited the number of copies schools can make per student, citing the price of ink and paper. It breaks down to 1,200 copies for an elementary or middle school student, and 1,000 for a high school student.

Ellen Bernstein, president of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, told News 13 teachers are relying more on printouts and copies since New Mexico public schools started teaching common core standards.

“Making copies, that’s a tool of our profession,” Bernstein said. “There’s an increased need and a decreased allocation, and that adds to teachers either not being able to do their job or having to pay to work, and that’s unacceptable.”

Bernstein said some teachers are considering paying for copies, or asking parents to help pay for printouts.

The ATF sent out a survey to APS educators Thursday afternoon to figure out how everyone is affected.

APS COO Ruben Hendrickson told News 13 the district is trying to get back to a $2 million budget for copies. He said district officials will be meeting with the union on Friday to figure out the best way to do so.

“We don’t want this sort of a hardship for our teachers,” Hendrickson said. “Their jobs are hard enough as it is. They’ve got to go out and take care of students, and we’re not going to do anything that’s going to get in the way of them being effective.”

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