To Whom It May Concern:
I want to know if anyone is concerned about the children and their rights to a first rate education. This issue with consolidation with MCS and SCS seems to be overshadowing the pertinent reasons to have schools—to provide a first rate education for our children. We need to put all this bickering aside and devise a practical plan that has our children’s best interest in mind and not our petty insignificant agendas. Who cares who is right or wrong—we need to come to some sort of an agreement that will help our children reach their maximum academic potential. Although, I am not a proponent of consolidation; however, I am an advocate for education. I would like to see the schools, administrators, and teachers band together in unity to develop a plan that will help the school systems excel—whether we become one large school system or remain separate--I really do not care as long as we create an effective plan that will accommodate all the diverse students and the various learning styles of the students.
Furthermore, I would like to see that we incorporate the positive aspects of both systems, if we must consolidate. The SCS has an excellent curriculum and the teachers are really doing a superb job motivating and engaging the children. I have two children in SCS—one at Bartlett Elementary and one at Bartlett High School. I really think that my children are doing well because of the schools they are attending and the excellent administrative staff. Likewise, I am aware of excellent schools in MCS but I know of several failing or high priority schools, such as Frayser High School and others. I know about Frayser High School because this is the school that I recently chose to write an action research paper about to obtain my master’s in education. In my action research paper, I explored the alarming statistical data about the school and many other detrimental aspects about the school and the community of Frayser.
Finally, I am cognizant of the fact that we have problems in our schools but it bothers me that MCS threw in the towel so quickly before trying to work through the problems with the school system. I do not understand why anyone would want to make the problems with educating our children worst by constantly squabbling about school consolidation, money, and who will run the schools. I hope and pray that we think about the children and their welfare, not our selfish agendas—money, fame, power, or just politics.
An Advocate for a First Rate Education for Everyone
By Richard Alley
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