David Schein: Appreciates work of ‘unlicensed’ educators

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Appreciates work of ‘unlicensed’ educators

My kids are in Amherst Regional Public Schools. In an article written by Scott Merzbach (“Audit probes Amherst-Pelham Regional School District,” June 8), one person who is quoted asserts that the hiring of the individuals mentioned was — because they did not have certain administrative licenses — “at the expense of the students.”

I really don’t know what these licenses represent beyond paperwork. Much more importantly, I realize there are big social issues bearing on the opinions of all well-meaning stakeholders when we discuss hiring policy.

Honestly, I don’t know what’s best here for our kids. The only thing I do know is that I appreciate the work of every “unlicensed” individual mentioned in that article. They are great administrators. Whatever your opinion about this situation, the schools, or “the system,” disparaging their good work to make a rhetorical point not only does not help us make the progress we all want to see, but drives division that undermines that hoped-for progress.

David Schein