Some have left the district not because of pay or benefits or lack of camaraderie with other good teachers. They've left for the greener pastures of the suburbs to teach kids who want to learn.
When incoming Superintendent Sharon Contreras joins the fray in July, she will be greeted by a mayor who has indicated it is her priority to improve relations between City Hall and the district. That's critical, because what this community requires is a strong partnership between the city and the district that focuses not only on the shortcomings of our schools but on the societal factors that lead to the failure of so many of our children.
Now that would be worth a tax increase.
David Tyler is the publisher of Eagle Newspapers. He can be reached at email@example.com.