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Letter to the editor: Graduate-turned-teacher disappointed in cuts

Stephanie Griesmer
TTHS Graduate, Class of 2000
English Teacher, Fremont High School
Sunnyvale, Calif.

I know that I am one of many school district graduates who is appalled and saddened by the news of teacher layoffs that were handed out in the last two weeks. I graduated in 2000, and was fortunate to have amazing teachers who inspired me to pursue my own career in secondary education. Some of these same amazing individuals were handed a pink slip on March 13.

Seeing their names on the list of recipients brought me to tears ” not only as a former student, but as a colleague. Instead of using a scalpel to carefully extract the superfluous spending and ineffective programs bit by bit, the district seems to be using a machete to leave students with only bare bones resources and barely enough room to sit in a classroom ” let alone learn effectively and meaningfully.

It saddens me that education is getting pushed to the wayside and not prioritized at almost every level ” from the government to our districts.

It is no wonder we are falling behind in the global market.

Decisions like these take away opportunities from our kids. If we don’t care enough to fight for their education, who will?