Letter: Quick-fix solution for education is no solution at all


“There is an urgent need for teachers in Arizona,” said Sen. Rick Gray, who introduced Senate Bill 1159 that Governor Ducey signed into legislation that suggests that school districts permit those without a bachelor’s degree to start training to become teachers and complete their training in the classroom while finishing their degree.

This is not a viable solution to the teacher shortage. As a retired educator with many years of experience, I know how important it is to be prepared and knowledgeable when entering a classroom. Inexperience and lack of basic educational preparation will only result in negative results and lack of respect for educators and the educational process.

There are many retired and outstanding educators that should be involved to share in the positive aspects of how to solve the teacher shortage. Ask them what produces success in the classroom. Let’s make education of our students a priority in Arizona with a positive “plan of action,” not a quick fix.

Joette Burke


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