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Another teachers' tale

Hoping to get their claws on more public property for free, corporations would have you believe that it's teachers that are the problem with elementary and secondary education. Here's a tale from our city that indicates that when unleashed to full potential, teachers are the solution, and administration is the problem.

Proponents say teachers can turn floundering schools into flourishing ones if allowed the freedom to innovate to meet the needs of their students. That means allowing teachers to hire who they want, spend funds as they see fit, and customize everything from curriculum to calendar - as long as they meet state and federal mandates.

"The current system constrains teachers quite significantly - teachers are one stop on the assembly line," said Tim McDonald, associate at Education Evolving, an education-reform nonprofit. "It's the system that's causing the failure, not the teachers."

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