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Re: “Talking out of school

Merrifield's defense of public schools is completely a defense of student achievement. The best school should always be the school closest to your home. Teachers at that school should be adequately respected and compensated in order to retain the best of them. Charter schools just break down the resources that public schools have to work with. Even if charter schools offered transportation, allowing needy parents who need to get to work rather than having the luxury of being able to chauffeur their kids to and fro...even if they could do that...this town is too big for kids to have any sense of neighborhood if they attend school far from home. Remember, this is all about the KIDS. Charter schools profess to help close the achievement gap. Nonsense. The real breakdown is that parents and teachers don't work well enough together....and both parents and teachers need to do a better job of that. Kids work harder at school if they know their parents are interested and value school. Parents show more interest if teachers welcome and respect them. Teachers need to know that parents will contribute in a positive manner, and there are too many times that parents' contributions are negative. School leaders ought to address getting both teachers and parents on the same page, and I have seen that some public schools are not doing a great job of this. School principals need to help both parents and teachers, need to provide support. Universities need to address this situation in principal training programs (this is now essentially non-existent). But dismantling public schools does not solve this problem. Merrifield defends public schools for all the right reasons. Not that the county commissioner job allows him any official voice on schools...but honesty is what's really in question in this blog. Littleton has proven that she does not grasp the concept of "conflict of interest". She got paid for real estate brokerage services she provided to folks who worked with her in order to gain her favor on Colorado State Board of Education votes. Are people really willing to put someone like that into the county commissioner seat? If she thinks that was okay, what other shady things will she do? Vote Merrifield. -Linda Silloway (yes, I sign my actual name)

Posted by Leenda on 10/19/2010 at 5:01 PM

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