After reading the letter published on May 15 written by Sally Sanchez, I felt a need to respond.
I am an elementary teacher in the El Centro Elementary School District. I have worked long and hard for this district for 20 years and have never felt the teachers were so substandard as to say that "only half of them are doing their job."
Do you truly believe the people of El Centro would allow such an atrocity in our schools? Is the district lying when they publish that every school in El Centro has met language and math standards and has raised their API scores? Would your child, or any child, stay in a classroom where they are not respected by their teacher? Would the administrator at that school site allow such behavior to exist?
The only answer I can come up with is, "NO!" I apologize for those teachers who have given you such a sad view of public education in El Centro. Thank God you are the type of parent that does inquire about your child's teachers and make requests. God bless our freedom in this country to ask for and receive the teacher you have requested for your child. We have so much to be grateful for and yet we take the time to tear each other apart in public.