The state of Ohio and local districts have spent millions of dollars over the past few years trying to raise student achievement levels by changing curriculum, raising standards, grading teachers and schools on effectiveness, and implementing IEPs, PLCs, RTIs, DIBELs, and SLOs. I want to suggest adding one more acronym to the list above that may raise our district's scores more than any of the others…AC!
Now I realize I'm not an administrator, a school board member, a so-called education guru, or even an elected state representative who knows what's best for kids. I'm just a fourth-grade teacher with common sense. I'm not even a math teacher, but I know the answer to this story problem: If you put 24 9-year-olds in a 28' x 28' classroom on the second floor of a building with air temperatures inside in the 90s and the humidity near 90 percent with no air conditioning, what do you get? The answer: Inattentive kids with their heads on their desks, dripping wet teachers whose deodorant has long since worn off, and parents who can't believe that in a district like Hudson, we don't have air conditioning in all of our buildings!
Mark Mummey, Hudson