Hey, teachers! Let's not be knocking public schools now that we're all feeling warm and fuzzy about private schools. I had a great education in public schools and so have my kids. I teach in a great public school with PROFESSIONALS (all certified, licensed and most have Masters degrees plus additional grad credits/professional development) My district offers tremendous professional development, a staff developer,our test scores are good, supportive parents, a collegial staff, a very competitive salary- all of which enable the district to appeal to/be selective in choosing great teachers. It's a personal choice (public or private) in many cases for parents but I do sympathize for parents who live in areas with terrible public schools who have to pay(sacrifice to pay for) for private school. We're mostly all teachers here- we know there are good and bad schools, great, good, and substandard teachers.... The question is what are we doing to change things for our kids and the ones we teach?