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RESIDENCY RULE HINDERS EDUCATION

After reading Donn Esmonde's commentary in Thursday's News, I can't believe that 20 out of 26 students in Ann Marie Fish's third grade class can't read at average grade level. What teachers did these kids have in kindergarten, first and second grades? How were they able to move to the next grade level? There are complaints that 433 teachers and 60 aids will be laid off because of a $28 million gap in the school district's budget. Apparently, with the teachers and aids they have now, there is still a problem.

Could this have anything to do with the fact that the Buffalo public schools are hiring uncertified teachers because of the current residency policy? If the Buffalo public schools hire certified teachers from the suburbs, maybe in three years all of the students attending Ann Marie's class will be at their reading level. What is more important -- the education of a child or where their teacher lives?

ROSE A. DUROLEK

Depew

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