In response to The Seattle Times: Washington has a track record of great teachers. The nation is taking notice:
Washington has a track record of great teachers in its metropolitan districts, while its rural districts struggle to attract experienced and even qualified teachers. Dozens of the rural school districts in central Washington are full of teachers on emergency teaching certificates who have little to no experience in the areas they are teaching.
One of the contributing factors to the lack of experienced and qualified teachers in these rural districts is funding. Rural districts receive a fraction of the funding metropolitan districts do and therefore have significantly lower salaries. The McCleary ruling will make this even worse in some respects as metropolitan districts get more, sometimes upwards of 20 percent more, than rural districts.
Nicholas Stephens, Richland
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