Replace Teachers With Bureaucrats

RECEIVED Mon., Feb. 28, 2011

Dear Editor,
    Here's an option for a solution to the problems with the education system. Pick a few of the "low-performing" schools, take all the teachers out of the classrooms, and fill their positions with all the board members, superintendents, and decision-makers in general. Have them totally and independently run the classroom, handle parent conferences, lesson planning, test preparing, meetings, and everything else usually expected from teachers for at least one report card period, maybe two. Don't forget to mention to them that they must love and care for the 20-odd students in their classroom. Be sure to pay them the regular teacher salary. Make sure the principals treat them as regular teachers, not supervisors. Then let them make suggestions, and include the teachers who were being replaced to decide how to handle things.
    Maybe this doesn't address the budget problem, you say? Maybe start by canceling any bonuses for people getting more salary than the front-line workers, not only teachers but custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria help, etc. Is there any chance that maybe 1% of the military budget in this country could help with education? How about the lottery? Were we told that money made from the Texas lottery was going to help education? What does it go to? And if Austin ISD is cutting a bunch of teacher jobs, how come there's still a billboard on I-35 in Downtown Austin that says "Wanna teach? When can you start?"
Just wondering,
Jeff Farris
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