July 5, 2018

Trump blowing it on drug costs
President Trump went back on his promise to have Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices as the most effective way to reduce prices.
Keep the admissions tests

Although well-intentioned, Mayor de Blasio’s proposal to make admissions to New York’s specialized high schools more equitable — by removing the SHSAT and replacing it with a new admissions process based on the students’ rank in their middle school and their results on statewide tests — would lower academic standards.

Standardized testing fails
My oldest granddaughter was in 7th grade this year and the younger one was in 4th.
Remembering Charlie Sutera

I just read about the passing of Charles Sutera [June 7].

All in the name

Regarding “Colleague tells how Mark Janus benefits from a strong union” [June 7]: What does one expect from someone named Janus — as in two-faced god of Roman methology?

Sane ways to grant gun rights

I just read Steven D’Andrilli’s comment [June 7].

Union Proud
I’ve been a UFT member for 50 years.
Grateful for parental leave

Thank you for fighting for paid parental leave.

June 7, 2018

Message for chancellor on standardized testing
As someone who has been highly critical of New York State’s standardized testing due to the fact that it was an attempt to tie teacher evaluations to student scores, I ironically find myself in support of Chancellor Richard Carranza’s position that children should not skip the New York State tests administered each year to 3rd–8th-graders.
Gun protests should not eclipse sound judgment

The New York Teacher ran two articles in the April 5 issue in support of the anti-gun March for our Lives demonstration.

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