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April 4, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Principals should play a bigger role in teacher placement

Seniority is important

It is unfortunate that The Seattle Times continues to support educational reform that undermines teachers [“Give principals more say in teacher placements,” Opinion, April 2].

We need to look behind the screen and into the future to see where this continued attack on teachers takes us. Removing the right of teacher tenure allows school districts to replace experienced teachers with cheaper, less experienced teachers. As with most things, cheaper is seldom better.

The teaching profession attracts people who see their profession as a mission to help educate children to successfully go into the world and become responsible citizens. Teachers have sacrificed higher pay to follow this calling.

Is this how we repay our teachers — by releasing them to find other work after years of dedicated service? This is certainly not an honorable way to show respect for our teachers.

Randy Greger, Bothell

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