Dear Mr. Brownsberger,
I am writing to express my displeasure at the current education bill. I agree that there needs to be urgent action in poor performing schools. However, it is not only teachers that are to blame for such performance. We need comprehensive education reform that will look at the role of administrators, parents, teachers, and teacher training programs in order to ensure that we are providing the best possible education to our children. Simply giving the superintendent the power to fire teachers, without any real transparency to the process, will only harm the education of our children. Certainly some teachers who are under-preforming would be removed. However, this would come at the expense of creating ill-will between all teachers (even the good ones) and school administration, which cannot help out children.
Please don’t allow government to scapegoat teachers for poor student performance. They are part of the problem, and can be part of the solution, but they are many other factors that exist in determining student performance, and a teacher’s ability to serve his/her students, that need to be addressed as well.