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  •  Governor Vilsack, (none)
    I appreciate the time that you took to come here and engage in this conversation...however, I must admit to being a little disappointed if all you took away from this conversation was that we need good teachers who are well paid.  I think you'd find few from any point on the political spectrum who would disagree with you on those points...but to continue to sell these as a means to reform education is simplistic and quite frankly, condescending.  

    If we want to save public education, we have to deal with the big issues in education...we have to address the real problems.  In our city, thousands of children leave the public education system each year.  Talented educators are leaving.  Most of our schools are as segregated as they were before Brown.  We don't only have a two tiered system, we have a four or five tiered system.  In most parts of the country, funding is woefully inequitable...thus, those in most need of services are the least likely to get them.

    I understand we have to start somewhere, and the idea of having quality teachers is a popular one...but we haven't even agreed upon what constitutes a "quality teacher" yet nor have we even begun to address what an education should be.  Until we do this, those that can will continue to seek out and find what they are looking for and we will be hard pressed to get their continued support for a system that didn't meet their needs.  Needless to say, those without the ability to leave will be left behind...and there will be no one left to care.

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