You may have noticed Worthington teachers have been mentioned a lot in the newspapers. Some stories and opinions seem to aim to make us the enemy.

You may have noticed Worthington teachers have been mentioned a lot in the newspapers. Some stories and opinions seem to aim to make us the enemy.

We are the ones who have been learning, collaborating and preparing all summer to make your child's year his/her best yet.

We are the ones who have tutored former students for free to help them with a summer college course.

We are PTA presidents, volunteers, coaches, neighbors, taxpayers and friends.

We are the ones who encourage, struggle, suffer and celebrate successes with your children every day.

We are the foot soldiers for the Excellent with Distinction rating and passage of all AYP subgroups.

We are the ones who pick up the local paper to read (in horror) how some community members feel about our pay--regardless of our performance.

We are the second most experienced staff in Franklin County (behind Bexley).

We are the ones whose contract in 2010 will save the board--and taxpayers--nearly $200,000 in healthcare expenses (as compared to 2009).

We are invested in this community's strength and wellbeing.

We are committed to working together.

And we can't do any of it without the support of the community.

The Worthington school district taxpayers should be reassured that the money that is being spent by the district is giving the desired results. In the latest state report card, the district will receive the highest grade possible:A+.

Although the report card reflects the performance of theentire district personnel (teaching, administrative and support),those most directly responsible for results are the teachingstaff. This staff has been maligned and attacked during levy discussions by the misnamed "Educate Worthington" and its followers.

The focus of the attacks has been the teaching staff's compensation and organization. It is understandable that in these difficult economic times, people will focus on cost, but those who would subvert the continuity of excellent educational results for the sake of political and philosophical ideologies are doing a disservice to the community and indeed to the nation.