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Voice: Teachers and aides, not ‘resource teachers,' do the real work

March 29, 2001

What is going on at the El Centro Elementary School District? The "superintendent of the year" has sold out 25 classified employees to implement "Open Court," an expensive, and according to many teachers in districts who use "Open Court," ineffective reading program.

A large portion of the money will be spent on "resource" teachers. Alicia Armenta, one of the district's many assistant superintendents, said in this newspaper that the success of the program is directly linked to the support of the reading resource teacher.

I'm sorry, but the success of any program is linked to the people who work with our children; teachers and aides.

Parents, can you name one resource teacher at your child's school? Teachers, how often does a "resource" teacher come into your classroom to teach a lesson? The reality is "resource" teachers are off campus much of the time attending worthless workshops.

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I think the El Centro Elementary School District needs to cut the amount of overpaid administrators and others with titles who don't work with our children and invest in our teachers and aides who are on the front lines.

Besides, what will happen if the program doesn't work as well as the slick salesman said it would? Anyone who has been in education knows that programs are dropped and adopted quite frequently. How long will "Open Court" be around?

J. MORGUE

El Centro

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