Former teacher says education suffering

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2006

First we read that schools are to be closed in small communities. Then, there are to be as many as 100 teachers whose contracts will not be renewed. The education of our children is to suffer while legislators are to be paid for time spent at home doing what they were elected to do.

How can this be? As a retired teacher, I spent uncounted hours in preparation, assessing students’ work and consulting parents, all on my own time. When I accepted my contract to teach, I was fully aware that these hours were not to be compensated. In order to maintain my teaching certificate I was required to attend summer school at my own expense.

If legislators do not expect to serve their constituency without remuneration for time spent in their communities, they should not present themselves for election.

Shirley M. Henley


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