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Topeka Teachers Point To Paperwork, Micromanaging As Stressors

Teachers from Topeka Unified School District 501 spoke to The Topeka Capital-Journal and described dramatic changes in the past year to the district’s teaching initiatives and requirements for its elementary schools. The new approach, they say, resulted in unprecedented micromanaging of their daily activities, and long hours spent on paperwork.

The changes also included wall-hanging displays of individual student data that some teachers felt treated students as data points, required them to put hours into handling data manually that would be better handled electronically, or infringed on student privacy.