I teach sixth grade at a school facing enormous challenges; 80 percent of our students are the children of soldiers and airmen, many of whom have served their country through multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
I do this important job for about half the salary of my ambitious yet degreeless son-in-law.
My students hear the same message at home and at school: Promises are for keeping! Their parents and teachers strive to model the trustworthiness young people require to thrive personally and academically.
As much as I empathize with the enormity of Washington’s fiscal dilemma, I am simply confounded that breaking a promise to our children’s teachers is under consideration.
I, and many like me, endured the grueling National Board Certification process to become a better teacher, to hold the highest certification available to K-12 teachers, AND to receive a promised annual bonus.
Kudos to The Olympian for their thoughtful assessment of the potential “Broken Promise to Teachers” in the Jan. 16 edition.