Having lived in four states over the past ten years, I have had the opportunity witness how each state values education and the resulting effects of those values on the quality of education.
It is unfortunate to read the rants of people like Mr. Hollins. What I found most interesting though about his letter, as well as many others I have read in other Kentucky papers, is that they aren't necessarily concerned about the quality of education that their children receive, but rather how much money their teacher is being paid. It would seem to me that if one truly wants what is best for their children, they would buck up and provide all of the support they can to make sure that their child has the best. Honestly, what's more important than a good education?
I think the ultimate problem is that too many of us see education as a fee-for-service type of contract rather than what it truly is, an investment. One must invest the money required in the hopes that their children will receive the best. Why not give the teachers what they want, and then give them more. At the same time, protect your investment by raising the standards to teach in Kentucky, and promote accountability in the school system.