April 4, 2019

No thanks

The New York Times’ Feb. 19 opinion piece [“Betsy DeVos vs. Student Veterans”] rightly vilifies U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for the cynical way her department targeted veterans and turned what should be a straight-forward GI benefit into a scam for parasitic for-profit colleges.

March 7, 2019

Differing views on immigrants

Regarding James J. D’Amico’s letter “Country’s benefits ‘reserved for legal citizens’” [Feb. 7], I am sorry he is unaware that undocumented immigrants are guaranteed the right to attend public school according to the U.S. Supreme Court (Plyler v. Doe, 1982).

Medicare needs ability to negotiate drug prices

The drug industry is making the largest profits it ever has made because Medicare does not have the right to negotiate prices.

UFT has moved too far left

Ed Greenspan was right to take the leadership of the UFT to task for its endorsement of Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who “came out fiercely against Israel” [Comments: “Backed the wrong candidate,” Feb. 7].

Test scores in evaluations

Standardized testing [“Lawmakers vote to cut tie between state test scores and teacher ratings,” Feb. 7] needs to be part of the whole picture when evaluating individual student growth, but it needs to be a small part of the puzzle that values growth versus proficiency for every student struggling to advance.

In and out of the loop

I agree with the Learning Curve column [Feb. 7] 100 percent.

A worthy goal

Regarding the Chapter Leader Shoutout [Feb. 7] about Deborah Navarro, who has built a “union proud, union strong” chapter at PS 226 in Brooklyn based on what she calls “true collaboration” with her principal: Reaching the goal of a workplace where no one feels intimidated is awesome.

February 7, 2019

Backed the wrong candidate

I just received The Retiree newsletter and was disappointed to see a picture of Mayor de Blasio and AFT President Randi Weingarten campaigning in Florida for Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor there who fortunately lost.

Country’s benefits ‘reserved for legal citizens’

Regarding the article “Keeping the Dream alive” [Education Nation, Jan. 3], it appears that teacher Elizabeth Villanueva is proud that she and her mother entered this country illegally and took advantage of benefits and rights reserved for legal American citizens.

Finding ‘fake news’ not that easy

Critical thinking is the cornerstone of education. That is axiomatic. Enshrining this principle of critical thinking in teaching is the theme of Patrick Sprinkle’s Teacher to Teacher article headlined “Is it fake news?” [Dec. 6].

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