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I have always been “pro-teacher” and have been firmly on the side of funding education above special interests. However, this week, I did not understand the rage you must feel at the lack of control you have over educating your own students.

I am sorry that we gauge a child’s value and your worth based on a test score that is taken from a test that cannot be administered properly because the technology needed to support an entire district during testing time is underfunded and, therefore, unavailable.

I am sorry that the solution to this problem is more tests and more training for these tests that will become obsolete.

I’m sorry that phrases like “merit pay” even factor into discussions involving your profession when you are wiping my child’s tears away and spending your own money on classroom materials.

I hope my apology isn’t too late and you will continue to believe in your value to our state and in the impact that you have on every student’s life.

Thank you.

mother of a public school second-grader
Oklahoma City

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