It’s not easy becoming a teacher in Pennsylvania. I should know. As a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, I’ve been working on becoming one for the past three years.

I’ve seen fellow education majors come and go, some lured to other job prospects with more earning potential, others deterred by cynical political efforts to turn parents and communities against public school teachers.

Dennis Phillips is the associate editor of the Leader Times. He can be reached by calling 724-543-1303, ext. 1318, or dphillips@leadertimes.com.