Letters: Pressures on teachers to excel

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I'm responding to a comment made online by a reader who wrote that teachers are "happy" to help students cheat on exams ["Grad roster swells late," News, June 28].

The reader ought to be careful about painting all teachers with the same broad brush and accusing them of dishonesty. I can tell you that every teacher in my building who administered the math Regents exams this year followed every rule laid out by the state, including refusing to assist students with questions about the test.

I tell my students that we are not permitted to help them with any aspect of the test, including interpretation of questions or even how to use their calculators.

My colleagues do the same. I agree that everyone wants high grades, but not at the expense of our integrity.

Michael DeRosa, Selden
 

Editor's note: The writer teaches math in the Three Village Central School District.

A picture is, indeed, worth a thousand words, and the evidence is in the pie charts that accompanied the story on the aging teacher population ["Teachers nearing retirement," News, June 29]. However, the story omitted a major cause when listing the contributing factors to this situation.

Historically, the state of New York has periodically offered early retirement incentives to reshape the workforce, which saves districts money. The most recent offer was in 2010 and was a great success.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hasn't offered a program like this since his election. If he did, young teachers would find employment and millions would be saved in teacher salaries. Then the 2015 pie chart on the distribution of teachers' ages would look much more like it did in 2003.

Bill Cuggy, Garden City South

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