Re: “Why exempt teachers from cuts?” (letter, 8-17).
The writer seems to believe a 1.9 percent teacher pay cut is warranted during our present recession, and he sees that as an opening for hiring highly qualified recent graduates. However, that does not mean that more “youthful highly motivated” teachers improve test scores nor make better teachers.
Thank goodness school districts recognize that current educators have experience, advanced degrees, desire and enthusiasm to put their students first. Teachers have been without a raise, have larger class sizes, have extra duties assigned and have faced budget cuts for many years and still perform exemplarily. To equate a salary cut and hiring a more youthful work force vs. qualified teachers makes no sense to me.