Reading the notes from a recent Superintendent's Advisory Committee was a bit of a frustrating experience for me. Our district has struggled with levels of high school courses to offer. In the past few years we cut back to just having general courses and advanced courses (AP or IB). We dumped honors courses because that way students would take the advanced courses rather than settle for honors.
Anyway, the district is adding those honors courses back in. The superintendent was careful to be sure it was clear that this would not add cost because the demand is there for these courses. His one area of concern? Teacher workload with multiple preps.
As an elementary school teacher this really drove me batty. If there is any serious concern about teacher workload then someone should be talking to us.
I believe that high school teachers work hard. I just don't believe that people, even people in education, truly have a clue what a day in an elementary school is like.