Passing Issue 20 will allow current and future Toledo Public Schools students to receive the high-quality education that every child deserves (“Yes on Issue 20,” editorial, Oct. 14).
I am a former TPS student who has moved on to the University of Toledo. I am proud to say I got my academic start in TPS.
An improved TPS would benefit our community. We hear about crime problems in Toledo. According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, a 10 percent increase in the high school graduation rate for males would reduce murder and assault arrest rates by about 20 percent, motor vehicle theft by 13 percent, and arson by 8 percent.
If TPS improves thanks to the passage of Issue 20, then male graduation rates likely will rise and could contribute to a safer Toledo.
Teacher invites public to help
As a teacher in Toledo Public Schools, I am not blinded by the need for more accountability and change. However, there is not utter chaos as some, who perhaps have never entered a TPS school, would suggest.
For more than six hours a day, our students are exposed to a safe, caring environment. They are challenged academically, are taught critical thinking skills, and see adults as moral role models.
I invite anyone who doubts this to visit a TPS school and observe the staff’s dedication and commitment. People are quick to condemn, but slow to get involved and make a difference. For every negative story, positive ones go unnoticed.
I have taken pay concessions and increased my health-care contributions. I will vote for the levy even though I will pay more in taxes.
I am willing to make this sacrifice to ensure a child has the foundation to build a better life through meaningful education. The value of educating our children does not have a price tag.
Blaming teachers is out of line
I am a teacher in Toledo Public Schools who is sick of being blamed for everything wrong with the educational system. Some parents and students disrespect teachers daily. Some students are exposed to drug abuse, neglect, and jailed parents.
When these children come to school, we do everything we can to help them deal with their lives. Then we teach.
I invite anyone to spend one day in my school and learn the truth that teachers deal with every day. It speaks to our love of children and knowledge that there are any teachers left at all.
TPS seems to ignore basics
I can’t tell how many times I have seen young people holding a pen or pencil in a claw-like fist, because Toledo public schools no longer teach penmanship. Ignoring such a basic form of communication is shortsighted.
TPS is again asking for money to make further innovations in education. It seems to me TPS is ignoring the basics.