To suggest that teachers and union leaders are responsible for underperforming schools and students is incredibly shortsighted and insulting ["Don't weaken teacher evals," Editorial, June 12].

How do David Welch, who funded the California lawsuit challenging teacher tenure, and Bill Gates know what the real reasons are? The disconnect is incredible.

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The real focus should be working to improve the opportunities for all students during high school. Attacking teachers' salaries and tenure doesn't help. I would love to see some radical change in Newsday's editorial views, which denigrate all Long Island teachers.

Rich Weeks, Middle Island

Editor's note: The writer is a public school teacher.