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March 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Teacher evaluations: Our education system isn’t failing

I take exception with two things in The Seattle Times’ endorsement of Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed legislation to protect $40 million in federal education funding [“Olympia must act to keep federal education funds,” Opinion, March 11].

First, The Times describes a “menacing” teachers union. However, Washington state teachers receive 5.7 percent less than the average American teacher and have more students in their classrooms than 46 other states, according to the National Education Association. The union represents people who would stand between our children and danger. Our teachers are neither overly powerful nor menacing.

Second, The Times fails to mention that the money represents an enticement to pressure states to do three things — adopt the Common Core standards, administer its test and use the results to evaluate teachers. Teachers are hesitant and parents should be too — in New York, around two-thirds of students failed the pilot Common Core test.

It’s time we stop labeling our teachers, schools and children as failures. Somehow our education system and teachers help produce the world’s leading businesses, greatest entrepreneurs, most productive workers and most vibrant economy.

David Locke, Redmond

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