King County Executive Dow Constantine does a good job explaining the impacts of economic business cycles and their impact of providing bus service to Seattle residents [“Metro Transit’s plan explained,” Opinion, Oct. 8]. However, he did not mention any attempt to run this service more efficiently. For example, I am a resident of West…More
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Letter writer Jack McCarthy didn’t fully explain why parents of disadvantaged families are unable to provide their children with pre-K school as well as education support during their school years [“Good preschool is an ‘academic rocket boost’,” Northwest Voices, Aug. 11]. Many disadvantaged parents are poorly educated themselves and might not value education as…More
This responds to Mayor Ed Murray’s call for increased funding to support immigrants and refugees [“Mayor wants to expand services for immigrants, refugees,” Local News, March 26]. My parents immigrated to this country in the early 1920s from Sweden. They didn’t speak English and they didn’t look for assistance from government. They were looking…More
Student testing is imperative to maintain core proficiencies
Having been a tutor in Seattle Schools for the past 17 years, a parent of three children who are all college graduates and now adults with their own children, I disagree with Robert Cruickshank’s opinion that test score of students should not be used to evaluate teachers [“Resist federal pressure to consider test scores in teacher evaluations,” Opinion, Jan. 24].
From my perspective, the main job of teachers is to make sure that our children graduate with a proficiency in reading, writing and arithmetic. This has not been happening for many years. I just recently spoke with a high school 11th-and-12th-grade math teacher who lamented that some of her students did not have the proficiency of third- or fourth-grade students.
Testing in these core subjects is imperative. Remedial action must be taken immediately when students fall behind. Teachers should be rewarded for keeping students on the high-achieving academic track.
Bob Dorse, Seattle
Sick of teachers blamed for things out of their control
I totally agree with Robert Cruickshank’s guest column. He showed how damaging and ridiculous it is to include student test scores when evaluating teachers.More