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Teachers are being treated as if they are thugs

Published 9:31am Friday, October 12, 2012 Updated 11:32am Friday, October 12, 2012

Teachers are thugs! That’s the conclusion one would reach by the decisions of the party in power at the legislature.

Mr. Bill Ingebrigtsen is a member of that party. His party initiated 22 bills aimed at education in an effort to punish as opposed to seeking solutions or making an attempt to find “common ground” on issues of concern. Yet, we find teachers coming to work early and staying late; we find teachers at the front of the in line at educational conferences to find better ways to help kids — their reason for existence; we find three out of five new teachers entering the field leaving within five years; we find that the average elementary teacher spends nearly $500 out of their own money for school supplies; we find that in 1990, teacher salaries, nationally, were ranked number eight for Minnesota and now are 23rd.

Teachers understand the hard economic times and yet Ingebrigtsen’s party still criticizes teachers for their salaries.

Ingebrigtsen’s party is all about getting rid of the so-called bad teacher. Yet there party hasn’t defined a bad teacher.

A so-called bad teacher is usually defined as a teacher that has given a bad grade to a student, disciplined a student and the parent didn’t approve or if the teacher is a coach, a student didn’t receive enough playing time.

We see elementary classroom numbers as high as 30 students and high school classes reaching class sizes of 40 students leaving little precious time for personal interaction.

His party calls more charter schools and yet charter schools haven’t proven to be the answer or even that they outperform the public schools.

We need to use research-based, best practices to improve education and not this emphasis on dehumanization education.

Very simply, teachers should be removed only for just cause and deserve due process. This process is in place and works.

Mr. Ingebrigtsen and his party are not seeking solutions to difficult issues; they’re treating teachers as if they’re thugs.


Jerry Horgen


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