Fact is, Summit educators care very much and want to improve scores | SummitDaily.com

Fact is, Summit educators care very much and want to improve scores

I would like to respond to a recent letter to the editor by Christina Knoles of Keystone (SDN, Aug. 28).She makes the statement that “the school administration, school board, teachers and some parents, have no real interest in the educational reform necessary to improve test scores and to erase the blemishes of national disgrace from Summit County Schools.”She says these are facts she has seen. What and where are these facts? The facts I see, and I work closely with the district and teachers, is that they are very interested in improving test scores. I see hard-working teachers and administrators every day in Summit County. To say they are not interested in improving test scores is totally incorrect and misleading.As far as criticism of the school board goes, we all have an opportunity to run for the school board. Put your money, time and stress level where your mouth is.Before moving to Colorado and Summit County a year ago, I was involved in education in Montana and at the national level. I never once heard that Summit County schools were a national disgrace.In fact, I didn’t even know there was a Summit School District or a Summit County. I find it hard to believe that the situation with former superintendent Lynn Spampinato can be determined a national issue.Christina goes on to say, “If we have learned anything as taxpayers during the last 30 years about education, we have learned that it is steadily declining in quality at the hands of the teachers unions and the administrators.” I am a taxpayer, and given the difficult world we live in, the growing needs of children, the growing number of kids in poverty and without health care, I think we are doing an excellent job in public education. It’s not easy. Give it a try.

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