We want more teachers, not more tests

07/23/2014 2:07 PM

07/23/2014 9:31 AM

Re "Chief aims to boost schools" (Our Region, July 19): Jose L. Banda need not spend 100 days to determine parents' concerns, nor will increased testing or strategic planning help. Our priority is reducing student-teacher ratios that topped 30-to-1 in my children's classrooms last year.

Banda accepted the Sacramento City Unified School District job mainly because he wants to be closer to his family, and actively rejoining the California pension system avoids risks to him from pension reform efforts. The article also noted he was the sole finalist, which might explain why he will be paid $45,000 more than our last superintendent.

Demographic diversity among students exceeding the population at large, Common Core implementation, the Local Control and Accountability Plan reshaping district priorities. Couldn't the school board find anyone mainly interested in improving the classroom experience? Absent this, more families will transfer from district schools.

-- Catherine Horiuchi, Sacramento

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