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Letter: Teachers need support

We have a much-needed school opening in Glenwood this fall. It will become the home to many of our K-8 students. In the process the district decided that, as opposed to transferring teachers from the middle and elementary schools, it would staff East Bank through a process called SB191. This bill has allowed the district to create a clean slate for all the schools, meaning a number of teachers who are established and well-respected members of this valley are now eligible to be displaced or fired.

I believe that we should expect the best from our teachers. We call on them to do one of the most difficult jobs possible, mold our children into competent adults while adhering to whatever specific parenting style we believe in. What I have heard happening to these amazing people, since the implementation of SB191, is appalling.

From the time the district adopted SB191, the district office has chosen to turn a blind eye to school administrators and their treatment of our teachers. Evaluations are being reviewed improperly, giving teachers no chance to support their work. Grades of proficient are being given to teachers in certain areas because administrators were not able to formally observe them. PE, computers and art teachers are being told they can’t be rated exemplary because they do not teach reading and math.

These teachers have worked hard to educate our kids while being subjected to hostile working conditions on a daily basis. There are ways district officials could have made this a smooth transition. They assured us they would take care of our teachers, but from what I have heard, by not speaking up and stopping this behavior, the district has encouraged this behavior. I for one choose to “stop the line.”

Tom Barton

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