Lynne K. Varner puts a positive spin on Washington’s efforts to improve our public schools [“Buoyed by changes in public education,” Opinion, Dec. 23]. But facts don’t support her. Struggling students may no longer be “relegated to low-level academic tracks,” but we have not supplied the resources they need to succeed in truly rigorous programs.
A Sunday New York Times article “Subtract Teachers, Add Students” shows Washington as having dropped from 13.7 to 13.2 employees per students between 2008 and 2013. Only two states have fewer school employees per student to give struggling students extra help.
December 24, 2013 at 6:00 PM