Kenille Baumgardner: Teachers get it done

February 28, 2014 

I was so excited and proud when I read that 90 percent of our Wake County school teachers met or exceeded standards for 153,000 students (“Wake second-highest in state in student gains,” Around the Triangle & State, Feb. 25). But why wasn’t this accomplishment put on the front page of the Triangle section? Instead this article was on the bottom left of the second page where it was unlikely to be noticed.

These are the same teachers who haven’t seen any significant raise in seven years, of whom only 25 percent will receive merit pay according to the new policy, and who will receive raises only if they have taught 10 years or less. What happened to the image the legislature has of so many bad teachers receiving tenure?

Our Wake County teachers continue to excel in spite of the negative feedback from our legislature, but for how much longer?

Kenille Baumgardner, Wake Forest

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