I am struck by the universality of DPS teachers’ concerns: low salaries, over-crowded classrooms, and flawed effectiveness ratings. I support teachers being paid fairly, provided sufficient resources, and treated like the hard-working professionals they are. I am “Donna for Colorado Kids” and know that what is best for teachers is best for students!
Douglas County’s annual Senior Survey included the question: What is the most important quality in your best teacher? Consistently and overwhelming students said “teachers who care about you and want you to succeed.” What might hinder teachers showing they really care about each student? Maybe salaries insufficient to cover their bills and basic needs, and the health and family burdens of side jobs. Maybe over-crowded classrooms that make it impossible to personally attend to each student. Perhaps stress that poor performance on standardized tests will lower school ratings and jeopardize your job, or that your low-income students cannot afford the outside tutoring and enrichment activities that make your cohorts in higher-income schools look even better in comparison?
As CD1’s future State Board of Education member, I share the concerns that bring teachers to the bargaining table and picket line, as should parents, district administrators, and legislators! ~Donna Morganstern