A Student Perspective On Teacher Pay - And Response (2)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Over the past six months I have had the privilege of being able to watch almost every school board meeting and most work sessions.  In this time I have seen the passion for the improvement of our school system that Dr. Johnson has.  Dr. Johnson has used this passion to create real, lasting change within our community: test scores are up, graduation rates are up, we’ve formed partnerships with local employers and businesses and we are now offering an unprecedented number of choices and programs for students. 

However, we cannot remain satisfied with this level of improvement; we must strive for more.  We cannot be complacent; we must continue to strive to reach the needs of the students, teachers and faculty members within our community.  This is the only way to train the workforce and society that our community needs and deserves. To do this, we need to reward and encourage the teachers that our supporting and creating this student growth. 

I ask the Hamilton County Commission to please allow the voters to make this decision. Putting it off another whole school year will not put us in the best position to capitalize on our progress.  Support the March referendum for teacher pay. If you feel the same way, write to your commissioner to ask for this critical opportunity for teachers to be put to a community vote. 

Carson Bock

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I first read this opinion yesterday.  Then I quickly read it again, looking for an indication that it was written by a student as the title seems to imply; I wasn't really satisfied.

This morning I tried again, and now I'm convinced the opinion was/is not a student's opinion, so I question the justification for the title.

With all due respect, it's just another 'opinion' designed to get more money for the school system to waste as they please.

So, please ... maybe you could revise that headline somewhat?

"A student perspective ... " leads me to suspect something ingenuous -- probably ignorant but at least maybe sincere.

What I read, though, especially with that title, is simply disingenuous -- and thereby deceptive, deliberately so.
 
Larry Cloud

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Carson Bock is indeed a student.   She is an incredibly smart, politically aware student and is very capable of communicating her perspective on many topics. She has a very bright future ahead of her.
 
Currently, she is a Junior and she attends an HCDE high school.  

Vicki Anderson 

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