Teaching is the most important job one could have and the profession of teaching should be viewed as the most prestigious career path in our country. I agree 100% and thank you so much for all you do as a teacher. However, I feel like the bash of charter schools is counterintuitive. Items like compensation, political voice, and work environment need to be improved to attract and retain quality teachers. Those are things that charters have been able to make changes regarding because they don't have to deal with the United Federation of Teachers. For example, in NYC, a DOE teacher receives tenure after their third year. After that, it costs about $250,000 worth of red tape to fire a bad teacher at your school. How does that make sense and how is it good for students if you can't fire a bad teacher? There are amazing teachers in the DOE and charter schools, but teachers should show positive results in their students. Teachers need a collective voice, but the UFT is holding back our future generation and eductaion reform in the US. The voice of our best teachers in the DOE and charters are preaching student's first while the UFT preaches teachers first. Just my opinion and cheers to all kick ass teachers out there!