[Susan notes: Kudos to Dorna Walsh for getting up close and personal with newspaper editorialists. Her letter was printed in the Massachusetts AFT The Advocate. [pdf file]]
To the editor
On Jan. 8, after a long but productive week at school teaching my Murkland School second-graders, I headed into my weekend hoping to re-energize myself for a very busy week ahead. I had left school still thinking about the news I had received the previous day, that the House had passed an education-reform bill that could very well jeopardize my job. I am a teacher in the Acre section of Lowell. I have been for 23 years. If I had to do it over again, I would not have chosen a different path. I had many opportunities to transfer, but I, as well as many, many of my good friends, have stayed at the Green and Bartlett schools, eventually merging together at the Murkland. We chose to stay in the Acre, many of us for 20 to 30 years.
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