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September 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Training great teachers

Parental poverty Michael Lundin briefly referred to the great obstacles that keep education in the U.S. dead centered: race and poverty. [“Guest column: How to train great teachers,” Opinion, Sept. 5.] They are really the same problem. We use race to justify the poverty we see in the inner cities. The question that rushes to mind is,…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Seattle | Topics: education, parents, public school

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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0 Comments | More in Education, Seattle | Topics: accountability, education, evaluation

September 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

The best teachers are also parents

Irreplaceable depth A second to Sara Mosle’s guest column, from a retired public schoolteacher. [“Why parents make better teachers,” Opinion, Sept. 1.] My success derived from two sources. I had been a lousy student in high school, after my dad died when I was 14. My wife and I raised five children together. Both of these…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, parents, public school

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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0 Comments | More in Education, Politics, Seattle | Topics: agreement, evaluation, public schools

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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0 Comments | More in Education, Seattle | Topics: education, evaluation, public schools

August 13, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Education reform in Seattle

Teachers can only do so much As a high-school teacher with 32 years of experience, I read your Sunday editorial and once again reflected on the fact that everyone seems to know what is best for education, particularly if he or she has never been involved in the system except as students or parents. [“Teachers,...

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0 Comments | More in Education, Politics, Seattle | Topics: education reform, evaluation system, public education

July 23, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Mayor opposes development project

There are other underpaid people out there Mayor Mike McGinn expressed concern about the $16 hourly wage at Whole Foods, while most teachers and child-care workers in the city earn much less than that. [“McGinn goes all out on Whole Foods,” NW Sunday, July 21.] Mayor McGinn, are you saying that people who work with food…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: child care, employment, health care

July 22, 2013 at 6:08 AM

Washington Education Association and reform

WEA wants what’s best for kids Liv Finne blames all that is wrong in our schools on the Washington Education Association (WEA). [“Guest column: WEA blocked education reforms,” Opinion, July 16.] Were she to step away from the motive of demonizing the teachers’ union, she might discover that a huge shift has recently occurred in education…

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July 19, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Washington Education Association and reform

Column was false Liv Finne of the Washington Policy Center is entitled to her opinions, but she shouldn’t make things up. [“Guest column: WEA blocked education reforms,” Opinion, July 16.] Her claim that “the most important factor in whether students are learning is the quality of the teacher in the classroom” is false. Longstanding research confirms…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Politics | Topics: classsrooms, education, kids

July 18, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Washington Education Association and reforms

Guest columnist denies facts Shame on Liv Finne. Her statement that reducing class size is not effective in producing high-performing schools is disingenuous, at best. [“Guest column: WEA blocked education reforms,” Opinion, July 16.] Research has shown that reducing class size, particularly in K-3 classrooms, can and does boost student performance. My guess is that Finne chooses…

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