Letter: Math ‘debate’
In the Sept. 4 issue, Mr. Bruce Gebhardt challenged the accuracy of a quote attributed to Mr. Tim Carter in an editorial printed in the Aug. 19 issue that implies that our schools lose “44 percent of its workers each year.” Also in the Sept. 4 issue is an “Editor’s Note” defending Mr. Carter’s statement. The fact is that Mr. Gebhardt is correct and both Mr. Carter and the Editor are not.
The statement, “lose 44 percent of its workers each year” implies that the rate of termination for teachers in years 3 and subsequent is actually higher than 44 percent, otherwise how could the average termination rate be 44 percent?
Mr. Carter never made any assertion about post-year-two termination rates, and so he should have simply remained silent about the overall termination rate.
Unfortunately, this math “debate” detracts from Mr. Carter’s main point, that teacher termination rates are higher than they should be. What would have been more instructive would have be to compare our teachers’ termination rates in their first two years with those of other school districts. Can someone dig up that information?