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Bad behavior by students is costing schools good teachers

Re: Teacher explains how he got fed up | story, Dec. 9

Discipline bad students, already

We have lost another young teacher because he had no control of bad behavior in his class. This young teacher, after two years of fighting with behavior problems, has quit. He said that his calls to parents were no help. They didn't cooperate.

This young man had wonderful ideas when he started in the classroom. When will the School Board wake up to reality? This bad behavior by some of the students creates low morale among teachers, and the good kids lose so much because time is wasted with "disciplining" that minority of students. Teachers can't teach, good kids can't learn, and before you know it, the school becomes an "F" school instead of an "A."

Solution: A parent or guardian will be held responsible for the child in one way or another. If the parent has no control, then the School Board must take full responsibility to get this child ready for a learning situation in a normal classroom. Discipline comes first, then the teacher can put in the whole period for meaningful teaching.

We must weed out those trouble makers from the very beginning of the school term, pronto. Find a place for them so a school can get a normal start.

Joe Cortellini, Clearwater

Re: It's a doggone shame! story, Dec. 4

Worry about dirty stores, not Cody

It is obvious that someone from the health department read the St. Petersburg Times story and reacted, putting an end to Cody's stint. It's uncalled for. The dog offers nothing but smiles to customers and its owner.

There are so many dirty and unhealthy restaurants and stores that sell expired food. Spend time on those!

Jerry Walters, Tarpon Springs

Give to elderly this Christmas

I would like to make a request of your loyal readers. Everyone always asks that we give to the children at Christmas. Groups collect millions and millions for the children.

I would like to request that this year we think about our forgotten elderly who live in nursing homes and had to give up their homes and possessions to live in a tiny room with a roommate and only receive $35 a month to buy personal items. If people would just donate one or two sweatsuits this Christmas season, it would make our elderly so happy.

I work at Edinborough Healthcare Center in Dunedin and can be reached at (727) 641-9903 or (727) 733-4189. Thank you.

Evelyn Frank, Dunedin

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