Letter: Bennett 'standards' unfair to teachers




To the editor:

An article appeared in my hometown newspaper titled “Rigorous standards to make good Hoosier teachers great educators.” It was written by Tony Bennett, our state superintendent of public instruction.

 Hopefully, most of us want to remove Tony Bennett from his office and elect Glenda Ritz as our state superintendent of public instruction.

Mr. Bennett’s “rigorous standards” illustrate how unfair his policies are to our teachers. Our young college graduates do not go into teaching to make lots of money.

They become teachers out of the love of teaching and the enjoyment of wanting to help our young students become smart, educated citizens.

The “rigorous standards” referred to means that most of the teachers do not even get a pay raise because the dictator-style standards of Mr. Bennett are such that no teacher can even come close to meeting those standards.

He has chosen administrators to judge these teachers, and these administrators criticize most teachers so that they cannot be classified as “highly effective” in order to receive a pay raise.

Mr. Bennett’s set of rules, which he coerced into his curriculum, is punitive to the teachers; it shows the personality of Mr. Bennett, which appears to be heartless, pompous, pretentious and grandiose in regard to our wonderful, dedicated teachers.

Our teachers are raising their own families, paying for their children’s college or day care, and using their own money for school supplies in many instances, and we are all aware of the high cost of living in this day and age. How can anyone deny a small pay raise to our teachers?

I for one am mortified that any human being could be so cold and cruel.

I am a retired widow, so I am not in the classification for a pay raise; but I do sympathize with our teachers and detest what Tony Bennett has done to our schools.

The voucher program has taken money from our public school system, and we pray it will be ruled unconstitutional when the Supreme Court rules on it Nov. 21. It is unfortunate that their ruling is after the election.

Please vote for Glenda Ritz for state superintendent of public instruction so that our schools and teachers can once again become the educational system they were meant to be.

Ruth Herrold

Greenwood

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