For an upcoming story about the proposed third-grade reading guarantee, which would essentially require schools to hold back students who don’t pass the state’s third grade reading test, we talked with Karen Carney.
She’s a third grade teacher in the Campbell school district next to Youngstown. About 80 percent of the district’s 1,200 students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. The district got a “B” on its last state report card.
Carney has been teaching for 27 years and helps train new teachers to teach children to read, so she had a lot to say about the third grade reading guarantee. But for now, we wanted to share with you her thoughts on the teaching profession.
“I know people have bad raps about teachers but that might be maybe 5 percent of the teaching profession. I work with amazing people who work tirelessly to make sure these kids have every opportunity to be successful. And I’m so proud of my staff because it’s in the schools such as ours that you need your very best teachers.
I challenge anybody to trade places with us and let’s see what happens with that.
And the bottom line is: We love our kids. So, America, embrace your kids. But embrace their teachers because their teachers need your support.