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I attended the March 17 RE1 School Board meeting and, while I commend the board for approving the survey in the Carbondale schools, I am stunned by the administration’s response to the ACE Teacher Retention Survey being distributed districtwide.

Apparently, they feel the information the survey would provide is not something they could use – they already do “exit interviews.” An exit interview is done when a teacher leaves – isn’t that too late? Wasn’t improving teacher retention one of the goals of the administration? And wouldn’t it be better to get this information before we lose any more good teachers?

Distributing the ACE Teacher Retention Survey would cost the district nothing. ACE is printing the survey and tabulating the results. All the individual schools need to do is put them in the teachers’ mailboxes. All the administration needs to do is look at the results, which ACE will tabulate and organize into the final report. What’s the big deal?

This district needs strong, proactive leadership. Crisis management is not good enough. Information, such as that which the ACE Teacher Retention Survey would provide, is needed to deal with the many serious issues this district faces. Is this administration up to the task?

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Maureen Rothman/Carbondale

Parents for Positive Change


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