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Parent wants free market system for schools

3/28/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

I am writing in response to Kathryn Sasowsky’s March 21, 2013, letter to the editor [“Teacher responds to letter”].

After reading all of your points about how hard you work and all the extra time you put into teaching, only one thing comes to mind, Great! You are doing your job. The job you chose to do.

Guess what? I do my job also. I work more than 40 hours per week, I don’t get anywhere near six, eight or 12 paid weeks off in the summer, I don’t have a guaranteed job like a tenured teacher, I can’t retire after 25 years of service with a generous lifetime pension and health benefits while contributing very little.

I pay public teachers’ salaries out of my hard earned money. I only ask that I get value out of my taxes.

While I watch the continued decline in our education system and slipping standings in the world, I don’t think I am. I think that current teacher unions, like most unions, are directly responsible for our decline. There was a time for unions and they admittedly had a significant positive historical contribution, but their time and usefulness has passed.

Educators are supposed to be teaching our children to be leaders and innovators but instead, out of fear of change and self-interest, they cling to a failed, antiquated, unionized, system at the expense of our children and society.

Why is it that children in private, charter, home school or any other innovative system that removes the union outperforms public schools in every category as a whole?

I look forward to the day when my tax dollars are assigned to my child instead of a school district.

I look forward to the day when a parent can choose the best school for their child instead of condemning them to a failing district.

I would like the free market system to prevail where schools can compete for my child and my money through their success.

I am fortunate that I can send my children to the school of my choosing; I only wish everyone could.

Dr. Karl Wodrich, Cuyahoga Falls

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