I must respond to the writer of a letter in Letters in View ("Teachers and Their Credentials," Sept. 29). The writer said she had a friend who had a degree from out of state and wanted to teach in California. She complained that it wasn't fair to hire unqualified, uneducated people to teach when there were people like the friend who would be better than an uneducated person.
I couldn't agree more. I have a California Credential and a graduate education, but the school districts will not hire me because I cost more. My salary is at least $7,000 higher on the pay scale of the average district. School districts are not looking for teachers, they are looking for bodies--it is just that simple. They continually create high-paying positions for administrative people, but they "cannot afford" to hire qualified, credentialed teaching personnel.
I was always taught that the children were the most important thing in our school system. But the reality is: Children are pawns used in this system to create jobs for administrators and teaching has been relegated to a clerical endeavor. Money is extracted from state, county and federal governments under the guise that it is for education--it is not. It is used to pay high salaries of administrators.