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Don't get rid of young teachers

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The lack of any stories in the Daily Herald informing residents of the firing of many teachers who have taught in local high school districts has me concerned. I know that Elk Grove Township, for example, has informed many young teachers, who by the way have been teaching for up to four years and about to gain tenure, that they have been fired.

While they cite performance issues, I know for a fact that many of those that will no longer have jobs have received nothing but exemplary reviews during their short tenure including some who are alumni of the high school.

I do not believe that it is a coincidence that all these young teachers are being let go at a period in their young careers that it prevents them from gaining the protection that tenure would have provided them.

Governor Quinn is right. Let's eliminate the administrators, many of whom will take early pensions which we taxpayers fund and then gain employment elsewhere. Keep the young teachers, who are the future of our school systems employed.

It's funny how quickly we forget how just a few years ago our focus was on improving our school systems and how teachers are the first to be put on the chopping block by the administrators of our school system. Wake up, America

John Cieslak

Wood Dale