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Low salaries driving many from teaching


Date published: 6/8/2014

Low salaries driving many from teaching

I am writing in response to John Roche's May 25 letter ["Money won't solve all school problems"].

I agree that money won't solve all of the many problems that affect the schools. But when the Board of Supervisors and the state continue to cut money given to the schools, that is where the problem begins.

Mr. Roche made the comparison about how much Stafford County and Fredericksburg Christian School each spend per pupil.

This is a comparison that has no merit. He's comparing apples to oranges. One is a private school and one is a public school. One has class sizes of fewer than 20 kids, while another has more than 30 kids per class.

Politicians want us to look at the same teachers' test scores one year to the next, but that isn't realistic because each year you have different groups of kids who have different learning styles, different home lives, etc.

Studies point to an increase in student achievement when class sizes are smaller. However, this is where funding to schools is being cut.

Cutting funding on the backs of the teachers is not right. Most Stafford teachers now have to take second jobs just to meet their basic needs. How can teachers be effective when they are worried about if they are going to have gas to get to work or if they are going to have enough to buy groceries?

The public needs to realize that fewer people are choosing teaching as a profession because they see how the community, nation and world value teachers. It's time to change; if we don't, it's our future that is going to suffer.

Christopher Charles

Spotsylvania