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“African-American Leaders Come Out in Favor of Change in Pittsburgh Public Schools Teacher Evaluations” (Feb. 17 post-gazette.com) is an article that teachers as well as parents should be aware of. The new system starting this year should have been in effect a couple years ago. Teachers play a significant role in students’ lives because they are our role models.

We spend almost eight hours every day with our teachers so it would be a good idea if they knew what to teach us and what not to teach. Teaching is an important profession and it should be set to higher standards. As Tim Stevens, a parent and chair of the Black Political Empowerment Project, pointed out, “Every child deserves a great teacher in every classroom” and the most successful students are the ones who had an excellent teacher supporting them.

A simple equation can be used in this situation: Better teachers equal better students plus a better world. These students will one day become leaders of this country, and when they look back on their school careers, they will remember the teachers who brought them there.


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