Mcdon­nell right on teacher term con­tracts

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

As a par­ent of four chil­dren in the Fair­fax County Public School sys­tem, I ap­plaud the ef­forts of Virginia Gov. Bob Mcdon­nell and mem­bers of the Gen­eral Assem­bly for work­ing to im­prove the qual­ity of public ed­u­ca­tion in our state (“With assem­bly con­trol, GOP push­ing through its agenda,” Web, Feb. 13).

Hav­ing both a kinder­gart­ner and a high school se­nior who is headed off to col­lege in the fall, I know the im­por­tance of a good ed­u­ca­tion, and Fair­fax County un­doubt­edly has one of the best ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems in the coun­try. Mr. Mcdon­nell con­tin­ues to strive for ex­cel­lence as he im­ple­ments mea­sures that will both en­hance teach­ers’ pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment by re­ward­ing good teach­ers and train oth­ers so that they will reach our high aca­demic stan­dards.

In­te­grat­ing tech­nol­ogy into the cur­ricu­lum and re­plac­ing per­ma­nent con­tract sta­tus for teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors with term con­tracts will help us reach this goal.

Our public school teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tion are sec­ond to none. They are ded­i­cated, hard­work­ing, com­pas­sion­ate and do a phe­nom­e­nal job ed­u­cat­ing our stu­dents and pre­par­ing them for col­lege or the work­force. Ef­fec­tive pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of our ed­u­ca­tors, com­bined with im­ple­men­ta­tion of term con­tracts that re­quire fair but firm per­for­mance re­view, are the best ways to en­sure our public school stu­dents are re­ceiv­ing the ed­u­ca­tion they need in or­der to suc­cess­fully com­pete in a de­mand­ing, chal­leng­ing and in­creas­ingly glob­al­ized econ­omy.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mr. Mcdon­nell and mem­bers of the Gen­eral Assem­bly for coura­geously mak­ing these im­por­tant and nec­es­sary re­forms. LAURA MUR­PHY Fair­fax Sta­tion

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