In response to "Modesto schools likely face sanctions," (Feb. 28, Page A-1). My wife has taught at a west side junior high school for
nearly two decades. Since the implementation of the mandated No Child Left Behind Act, the teachers, with the help of the administration, have raised their school's API score every year. Some years, the improvements have been in the double digits.
Were they praised or rewarded? No, they were punished and the bar was set increasingly higher. These improvements were made even though the students came from the poorest parts of Modesto. Also. a large portion of the students came to class unable to speak English, or spoke English as a second language. Now the governor refuses to honor Proposition 98, the state law that guarantees the full funding of education programs. Because of this, our school board has cut school library programs, support staff and programs aimed at bringing up the test scores of our poorest students. However, there will be money to put together for a team of "experts" to go into individual classrooms to assess teacher quality. I guarantee you, it will be punitive. Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this picture?