To the editor:

I am writing to take exception to the editorial, "Teachers at struggling schools reap rewards of failure" (Sept. 19).

The first thing that came to my mind is did you spend any time at these failing schools? Did you personally see what went on in the classrooms and whether there an acceptable classroom environment for learning. Are the teachers respected? Is there a high level of absenteeism at the schools in question? Is there gang violence in these schools? Did you talk to any of the teachers and ask what is the participation or involvement of parents at PTA meetings? Do the students do their homework and submit it on time?

The next thing that has to be answered is why is it only the schools in the towns listed in this editorial affected? There is obviously some facts that aren't being addressed.

To make a statement saying that the teachers are being rewarded for failure is extremely unfair unless the above questions are answered first.

David Taylor

Sandown

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