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Topic: contribution of standards?
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Cathy Brady

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Math for ALL (was Re: contribution of standards?
Posted: Jun 20, 1995 8:30 PM
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I've unsubscribed for a few weeks while I leave town, but I had to
comment on the need to decrease the disparity of learning among poor and
wealthier children.

In Baltimore city my salary as a teacher was $7,000 less than it would be
in the county where I live, and much less than any of the city's
surrounding counties. Suppose I wanted to go back to teaching in the
city. My heart is in the classroom, my home county hasn't hired me, and
I like making a difference. I *couldn't* go back because now the city can
only hire people who live in the city. Meanwhile, the city school system
gets more and more strapped for money. They are saving money by cutting
down on building maintenance. So the schools look even shabbier than
they have looked. The kids get this message. They don't count.

The kids in inner city Baltimore love learning as much as any kids I've
taught. Many elementary students consider school a haven. (If they don't
have a teacher that despises them)

It makes me mad.

Cathy Brady Math Specialist/Education Maryland Science Center
Opinions are my own "Beyond Numbers" exhibit
or something I overheard Baltimore's Inner Harbor

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