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June 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Teacher layoffs

Students should have a say in who goes

Much of recent news involving Seattle Public Schools has focused on teachers being laid off throughout the district. Although I don’t follow the news, this news has affected me personally.

I am a student of Seattle Public Schools and am currently losing one of the greatest teachers I have ever had. Anna-Marie James is my language-arts teacher. She not only teaches us English, but she teaches us about life and sometimes not even intentionally. Her spirit and her energy show me, and I hope my fellow classmates, how to appreciate everything around us.

Throughout this school year, our class has followed the regulated course line for language arts, but instead of monotonous projects, James’ class is always a surprise. It would take a list longer than the Great Wall of China to say all the great things about James. She laughs, she makes jokes, she actually talks to her students. She is not just a great teacher, but also a great person, and it’s depressing to know she’s losing her job.

If students are the ones being taught, why don’t we have a voice in who stays and who goes?

— Elle DeBell, Seattle

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