The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

October 29, 2013

Readers' Forum 10-29 | Upset by CamTran's lack of concern

JOHNSTOWN — I’m an avid rider of Cambria County Transit Authority. On Oct. 14, I had my arm shut in the door as I was entering a CamTran bus. I’m sure that it was an accident, but I did get medical attention and some pain medication.

What irks me is that not one single person from the transit authority has called me to see how I’m doing.

Senior citizens, watch your arms.

Gregory R. Thompson

Johnstown

Editor’s note: The Tribune-Democrat asked Cambria County Transit Authority officials to respond. They declined.

Halloween parade was great to see

This year’s Johnstown Halloween parade was a major success and packed.

All the participants did a great job – everyone from the local businesses to the marching bands.

It was so nice to see good people coming out to enjoy a great time.

Tom Getty

Johnstown

Teachers dedicated to jobs, students

My role as an education consultant brings me into close contact with educators throughout the year. The vast majority of educators are dedicated professionals.

For the past several years, educators have been the target of a statewide negative campaign. The first tactic was to denigrate the profession through claims of unprofessional behavior. The previous state secretary of education, Ronald Tomalis, claimed that “hundreds” of teachers helped students cheat on the state assessments. In reality, after investigation, five educators were found to have assisted their students.

The second tactic is to deprive schools of funding. State funding for education has fallen disproportionately on rural and less-affluent school districts during the Corbett administration. In addition, laws provided funding for charter schools based on the local school district’s costs rather than the actual cost of educating a child. This is most apparent with the funding of cyber charter schools. A review of cyber charter performance on Pennsylvania Department of Education’s school performance profile indicates that poor performance in such schools is widespread.

The third tactic is to deprofessionalize educators by eliminating the requirement for staff development. The concept is that “anyone can teach.” Anyone who has spent significant time in any classroom knows that this not true.

Teachers, schools and their students are the best investment in the future of our economy and nation. In the past year, several teachers have sacrificed their lives for their students. Do we need any further proof of the dedication of our teachers?

Terry Doran

Central City

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