Letter: Teachers cant solve problem of poverty

An undated file photo of an empty classroom. An undated file photo of an empty classroom. Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

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Perhaps the key to the June 18 news story More graduating is the subhead Gap remains between richer and poorer districts.

This is a key piece of information that seems to get tossed aside in talks about so-called education reform, as teachers get a bad rap for not being able to solve the nations poverty problems.

The Board of Regents chancellor attributed the minuscule 0.2 percent increase in the states graduation rate to increased rigor. Does that even make sense? How was that increased rigor measured? Kids who couldnt jump the bar were able to jump a higher bar? Sounds like some doublespeak that goes hand in hand with teacher hiring freezes as publishing companies get fat off new tests, new texts, scanning essays for grading, new rubrics, and a whole slew of other get-rich-quick ideas that probably wont change the lives of students. 

Lori Mayo, Merrick

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Editors note: The writer is a New York City public schoolteacher. 

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