Re: “School board’s schedule for evaluation system focuses on new teachers” (TNT, 7-19).
Our kids all went through the Tacoma school system, and we now have grandkids there. My wife was in the system as a teacher. Based on what we’ve experienced as parents and now grandparents (of grandkids in three different school systems), the Tacoma School Board does need to focus on teacher quality. However it also needs to look at the following policies that are equally detrimental to education:
• Teachers need to be able to discipline in some effective way without having to deal with a bureaucracy that makes ignoring/coping more likely and detrimental to others learning.
• Principals need more authority to deal with problem students and teachers.
Students needing special help should get it outside of normal class time, where they get additional help without taking them out of regular classes – which just puts them even further behind.
If we could get a “do over,” we would have moved out of Tacoma to benefit our kids.