Education Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Teachers should get sabbatical

I was disappointed to read about Superintendent Burrow’s denial of Michelle Steele’s sabbatical request. While I don’t know Ms. Steele, she strikes me as an asset to our district and community and is to be commended for her prestigious Fulbright award. While staffing and financial concerns are legitimate, I wasn’t persuaded by Superintendent Burrow’s rationale of the lack of a defined process to award sabbaticals and the slippery slope argument (a concern that too many teachers would apply for sabbatical). Isn’t it the superintendent’s job to recommend an approach to equitably and thoughtfully manage such a situation?

James Cryan


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