Teachers' performance and pay

Regarding the article "Who Will Nurture the Nurturers?," Sept. 10: In bad economic times, even the valuable employee must bear a financial burden with the business of which he is a part. Whether times are good or bad, it is never wise to negotiate one's salary independent of one's performance.Teachers' demands for money should not exceed their level of performance, nor should they expect to be immune to bad times, which the rest of us must struggle through as well. The teacher is a person with a job to do, and should do it well and be paid fairly. The value of our children shouldn't determine the level of their teachers' salaries. Teachers can ask for more money, but they should not be surprised when financially burdened citizens look at their performance and say, "No!" Bruce R. Barrow, East Falmouth, Mass.

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