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March 05, 2007

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Stacey

I know I'm a month after in commenting on this, but I'm going to anyway.

My husband teaches at Central and for the most part you're very correct with the problems faced. He has kids that don't show up for weeks at a time for various reasons. I know it frustrates him to see smart kids who don't know they should care about their education.

Another problem with KCMO schools is teacher pay. Dan took a pay cut to teach there, but our balloon income keeps us going, and he really enjoys teaching. Other people don't have the entertainer's income to supplement their teacher's pay. Most of the other districts in the area pay more and have better benefits, so KCMO loses a lot of good teachers to surrounding districts. (heck Roger's Arkansas pays 10k more than KCMO for beginning teachers)

The lack of supplies in the classroom is an ongoing problem. We buy the copy paper Dan uses for worksheets and tests out of our own pocket.

And yet, I don't think throwing more money at the problem will fix it.

I think the changes have to start with improving the neighborhood. When things go ok at home the kids can decide to go to school.

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