Teacher weighs in on high school unification

Editor:
As a teacher in the Alameda Unified School District, I am excited to see what the committee determines (“Committee Formed to Explore Merging High Schools,” July 12). I am not convinced the district will save money by merging the high schools, and am also not convinced that student outcomes will change all that much. 

I feel that an appropriate amount of money should be budgeted for teacher salaries and essential school services. If there is no other solution, then parcel taxes should go toward the special “extra” programs that the district is offering. If the community doesn’t ratify the parcel taxes, then the special programs close. 

I strongly feel that telling the community that teacher salaries can only be increased by closing schools and canceling special programs is misleading at best.

 

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