I was appalled when I read the words, "Bachelor's degree preferred" and "Experience preferred." Neither was a requirement for the jobs listed. Yes, a Massachusetts Licensure was required but a degree was not. The advertisement with these qualifications listed suggests that New Bedford Public Schools are not looking for high-quality professionals.
Many of the teachers who were let go by Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin have multiple degrees and licenses, are "highly qualified" by state standards, have excellent evaluations and established rapport with their students. Are they to be replaced with unqualified, under-educated and inexperienced people?
Where is Dr. Durkin leading our school system, except into a state takeover? Unqualified teachers are certainly not in the best interest of our students, our schools and our city. Is this why the citizens are facing a tax increase? Elected officials and Dr. Durkin should remember that the citizens of this city are watching them and the school system's progress very closely.