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September 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Seattle school teachers approve contract

Teachers want to teach The Seattle Times has long portrayed a dim view of teachers’ unions, but it is time for the public to have a clear understanding of what school employees hold dear to their hearts. [“Seattle schools start today as teachers OK contract,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 4.] Despite the disrespect shown to many school…

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September 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Grading Seattle teachers

A level playing field Now the big negotiation piece for teachers is being evaluated by test results. [“Seattle teachers to vote on new pact,” page one, Sept. 2.] Well, let’s make it a level playing field. If teachers are held accountable in this manner, so should the administration, students and parents. Should class size be significantly lowered…

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September 3, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Using test scores to evaluate teachers

Teachers and parents should stop whining Everyone is tired of Seattle area teachers whining right around school start time. This time it is about using test scores to judge them. [“Teachers vote down contract proposal,” NW Tuesday, Aug. 27.] I have two issues with this anti-test-score perspective. First, if tests are good enough to affect or determine…

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