The best way of fixing it is by raising teacher salaries and increasing fringe benefits.”, Teachers in rich districts: “The system is good because it allows the districts with the best students to attract the best teachers.”, Teachers in poor districts: “Where can I get an application to teach in a rich district?”, Teacher without a degree or certificate: “If they keep putting more money into the system all the jobs will be taken by qualified teachers.”, TEA (Texas Society for the Preservation of the Status Quo, 1970): “The amount of equity provided under the new law is the exact amount that is needed.”, TEA (1975): “The amount of equity provided under the new law is the exact amount that is needed.”, TEA (1985): “The amount of equity provided under the new law is the exact amount that is needed.”, TEA (1993): “The amount of equity provided under the new law is the exact amount that is needed.”, Old TEA Deputy Commissioner (1985): “Money does not make a difference.”, New TEA Deputy Commissioner (1993): “Have you noticed how all the low performing kids seem to be clustered in the low wealth districts?”, TEA statistician: “There are no big differences in the amount of money available to wealthy and poor school districts. Votes: 4, My heroes always are mostly my parents - my father especially, and my mom, who's passed on already. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. I've learned that we make progress by listening to each other, across every apparent political or ideological divide.”, Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the “Little House on the Prairie” series: “The trouble with organizing a thing is that pretty soon folks get to paying more attention to the organization than to what they're organized for.”, Albert Einstein: “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”, Chris Dede, education researcher and innovator: “There is no single best way to teach because there is no single best way to learn.”, Septima Poinsette Clark, civil rights activist: “I believe unconditionally in the ability of people to respond when they are told the truth. The National School Public Relations Association in 2017 named him one of 20 superintendents to watch in the nation. Great job, Travis! It’s not researched and I have no data to back it up. richard j. daley. There is no need to teach that stars can fall out of the sky and land on a flat Earth in order to defend our religious faith. I do hope many people will read this and at least think about what you are saying. Late last night when I was walking out of the school I was accompanied by a co-worker and we could both see the exhaustion on each other’s faces. Who are the oppressors? I pray that educators stay resilient and receive the courage and strength they need to continue to provide for our students. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Votes: 4, My grandmother was a teacher, my sister was a teacher, my daughter was a teacher and is now a superintendent in northern California, and my son-in-law is a high school principal. Jenn is an editor for WeAreTeachers and SchoolLeadersNow. In my opinion, your comments were what we all need to hear at this time of such turmoil. Things don’t have to be the way they are. The sentiment holds true for school principals, too. There is no need to teach that stars can fall out of the sky and land on a flat Earth in order to defend our religious faith. Adults – our children are counting on us to make the world a better place, just as their children will count on them.