Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: education

May
20th

TEACHERS: Higher pay, smaller classes needed

Many teachers have gone on strike protesting for higher pay and smaller class sizes. As a Pierce College student, pursuing elementary education, I agree with their message.

I strongly agree that teachers are underpaid. However, I’m not going into the education field to become rich. Although I want to teach for the students and not for the money, the salary for teachers is definitely an issue. They deserve more pay because they not only teach students, but are big influences in many of their lives.

Sometimes, children don’t have support and love at home and many teachers give guidance and compassion

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May
14th

EDUCATION: Don’t shift districts’ levy money

Re: ”Classroom equality impossible when levies pay teachers” (editorial, 5-13).

The editorial missed the whole point. All school districts are poor. A few districts are fortunate to have locals who sacrifice to do what the state doesn’t do.

Yes, wealthier patrons manage to subsidize their local school districts. They sacrificed to compensate their local schools, children and teachers out of their own pockets because it’s needed. We should be grateful to those who can help. Levy money belongs to the locals, not the state.

Shifting levy money to state funds is robbing Peter to pay Paul. Well, Peter is now broke, as are the schools

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May
11th

TEACHERS: Underfunding education is illegal, too

Re: “What lesson do strikes teach kids?” (letter, 5-10).

The writer complained that teachers are setting a bad example by striking to protest the Legislature’s failure to fully support education. Isn’t it the law that the state should fully support education? Isn’t it the Legislature’s responsibility to pass laws to enable that constitutional directive?

They haven’t, and we all haven’t complained very much about it. The law has been continually disobeyed for years, and we citizens have been complicit. Apparently, It is OK to break the law and it doesn’t matter if you get caught.

Now, we’re to be upset that

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May
4th

TEACHERS: Expectations many have are unreasonable

Re: “How do we identify the good ones?” (letter, 5-4).

Having once been a student does not qualify anyone to think they know what a teacher does, unless one has taught for a while.

Being a retired teacher, I saw many changes in education. To compare U.S. education to other nations is unfair, as we have the only school system I know of that tries to educate everyone in sometimes the same classroom: disabled students, non-English speakers, and students whose parents may be poorly educated or who may not value education.

The biggest predictors of how well a student will

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May
4th

EDUCATION: Teachers do care – maybe too much

Sometimes I wish I didn’t care so much. If I didn’t care, I wouldn’t get that sinking feeling on Sundays as I neglect my family to prepare for the school week.

If I didn’t care, it would be my own child I stand in the shower worrying about, not others’. If I didn’t care, the $1.60 per hour more than Seattle’s minimum wage I was offered to work on curriculum this summer wouldn’t feel like a gut punch.

I wouldn’t care that legislators receive more than this as a stipend each day just to eat. If I didn’t care, I wouldn’t feel

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May
4th

TEACHERS: Schools filled with great educators

Re: “How do we identify the good ones?” (letter, 5-4).

A letter writer falls for the myth that the way to fix our schools is to find the bad teachers, get rid of them and pay extra for the few classroom superstars.

Totally wrong! We are blessed in Washington state with a corps of high-quality teachers backed up by outstanding staff professionals. Our problem with school graduation rates is, first, poverty. The number of low-income and homeless students continues to rise all across the state as our middle class disappears and working families live on a thin shoestring.

We

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April
30th

TEACHERS: Just give them what they want

Public school teachers are unhappy and striking again? What a surprise!

What do they want? More pay, less work (smaller classes) and less accountability (no testing).

I support these teachers, and I say give them everything they want. Here’s a reasonable way for the Legislature to meet all their demands:

• Make public school union dues optional (more take-home pay for teachers without increasing taxes).

• Significantly expand charter schools (fewer students, less work).

• Let the students decide if there’s going to be a test today.

At the same time, the Legislature should give homeowners the right to redirect

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March
30th

I-1351: Are Democrats trying to buy off teachers?

Re: “Dems float deal to trim class-size initiative” (TNT, 3-29).

Does everyone know what they voted for? If you thought class size was the issue in Initiative 1351, you didn’t read the fine print.

I-1351 includes staffing increases for custodial, maintenance and grounds keepers. It also includes staffing for the administration, nursing and psychologists.

How does this reduce class size? It doesn’t; it lines the pockets of the union. Extra staff, extra dues.

If they really cared “about the kids” they would have left all the unnecessary increases off the initiative and kept the cost down. Now the Democrats

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