I agree with Sen. Phil Berger that strengthening student literacy and rewarding our most effective teachers are good objectives of our state educational system, but I differ in approach. The support provided to the classroom teacher by teacher assistants enables the teacher to better meet each childs needs as he or she learns to read. Giving teachers an incentive to further their own educations should be a source for strengthening the effectiveness of our teachers. I do not understand the logic of reducing teacher assistant positions or eliminating the incentive for teachers to further their education. We can only hope our teachers are dedicated enough that they all do not say take this job and shove it.
Nancy Devine, Cary