To the Editor: Change can come. Change will come. It is only a matter of time. "The Golden Rule" — who has the gold, rules. This rule has been very true from the earliest times of mankind. U.S. politics is so money-driven presently that the big corporations and their K-Street friends in Washington can dictate with almost free will the use of money to buy favor for their desires without limits. When debates can be run only giving those candidates with the financial assets from major donations to appear, something has to be drastically wrong.
To the Editor: The low support for education and teacher pay by the state is now really obvious. Just look at this last session of the Legislature in particular. They have the gall to tell us we need another study on teacher pay and just give another token increase to state aid to get us back to the 2010 level of support. We only have 600 teachers in the pipeline for 1,000 openings coming by retiring teachers soon. Superintendents have been complaining for a number of years on the shortage of applicants for openings.
To the Editor: Let the federal government lay down a far-reaching law, and there sometimes is little common ground between those having to administer the law and those affected by the law. Teachers, parents and students are struggling to make the mathematics Common Core standards in education work. There is good intent by educators on the standards and principles developed. The goals are commendable. There is unhappiness, though, with the huge changes in how students are taught. There have been two major missteps in made in the past.