It's a big day for education and educators in the Imperial Valley. Goals have been met, expectations reached and as a result rewards have been far-reaching and large both for individuals and communities.
Certified staff at five local schools — Frank Wright Intermediate School in Imperial, Harding Elementary School, Kennedy Middle School and McKinley Elementary School, all in El Centro, and William Moreno Junior High School in Calexico — have been rewarded checks of $25,000, $10,000 or $5,000 for meeting goals related to the state Academic Performance Index.
Although they are paid better now than in years past, teachers still don't make as much as they deserve considering all their training, trials and dedication. So these checks, which will have big chunks removed for taxes, are deserved. These teachers' hard work has helped their students to sharply improve their state standardized test scores and these teachers and the schools they work in are setting a positive example for all to follow.