I recently attended a public forum regarding the education funding ballot measures and was disappointed at the “all-or-nothing” approach taken by advocates on both sides of the issue.

I am a recently retired high school science teacher with 20-plus years of experience in private and public sector prior to entering the teaching profession. I strongly support public education, but I believe we should demand clear evidence to support our public policy decisions.

There is almost no question that we live in one of the highest cost of living locations in the U.S. and yet our teacher salaries rank somewhere near the lower one-third nationally. Teaching is an incredibly challenging profession, and it is the teachers, not flashy facilities, that are the foundation of

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