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Teacher editorial response

September 4, 2012
Daily Press


In regards to the editorial "Policy should require that best teachers be retained" How do you expect us to read your newspaper when it is now apparent that you don't even read it yourself? I had to read today's editorial twice to make sure I was reading it correctly - good thing it was the briefest editorial I have ever seen.

Michigan changed the manner of determining which teachers should be laid off over a year ago. How teachers rank on an annual evaluation is the primary factor. Seniority is now considered only as a tie-breaker. I would think someone at the Daily Press would have remembered that from a series of articles in the Daily Press earlier this year concerning the pink slips given out at Gladstone schools. Re-read the article titled "School board split on staff layoffs" dated May 22, 2012 and the follow-up titled "Gladstone approves teacher layoffs" dated May 31, 2012.

It is amazing to me that the editorial staff could have fallen asleep on this one.

David A. Rood Jr.




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