That's the message
"This applicant clearly does not have a working concept of what a school requires to be successful. We respectfully advise that ... you do not invest our children in a plan that is dangerously underdeveloped and dramatically flawed," said Director of Elementary Education Lynette Waller during an hour-long review of the application. Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray and city council members also voiced disapproval of the charter school proposal.
For many of us, a great teacher will come to mind.
Unfortunately, as school districts face rising costs and declining tax revenues, they will be forced to make tough budgetary choices. In some cases, the only solution will be to lay off teachers.
We know excellent teachers are the cornerstone of an excellent education system, yet we continue to require districts to rely solely on seniority to determine layoff decisions. This means we often lose some of our most effective teachers, simply because they have less classroom experience than other teachers in the district.