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TACOMA: Don’t take Foss away from students

Letter by Leda S. Darlington, Tacoma on Jan. 31, 2011 at 11:36 am with 3 Comments »
January 31, 2011 11:36 am

Hopefully somebody will understand the value of Foss and the students.

We send people to educate in other countries and we take away school from here?

Foss has been a good school. Kids are to be valued the same as their school. Taking away Foss will be robbing the kids of their home. Schools are the place of stability for children, with so many other difficulties they have.

Consider anything else, but not the youth and our future.

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  1. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Perhaps I can help you and everyone else understand the value of Henry Foss High School:

    It is rated by the Fraiser Foundation as the 304 best high school out of 346 schools in the State, which places them in the bottom 12% of all schools in the State.

    In other words, it is the lowest rated high school in Tacoma (if you do not count the Oakland Alternative School). Relocating kids should benefit them, they have nowhere to go but up.

    It should be a greater concern for students if the school district decides not to close Foss because then they would be forced to continue in such a low rated school.

    Closing Foss is a benefit, not a loss.

  2. nokoolaide says:

    I see this as a learning opportunity, sometimes life just sucks.

  3. baileyandliamsmommy says:

    I am trying to figure out which report was being looked at…The most recent Fraser School Report Card document rates Tacoma High Schools as follows:

    Stadium 122
    Wilson 223
    Foss 250
    Mt. Tahoma 250
    Lincoln 296

    Clearly it is not the lowest of Tacoma High Schools and certainly not one of the lowest in the state. Ironically, all Tacoma high schools increased their overall report card score, except for Stadium which slipped .3 points. In addition, let’s look at the ranking this time as compared to five years ago. Stadium dropped from 82 to 122 (40 places!). Wilson from 206 to 223 (17), Foss from 239 to 250 (11), Lincoln from 280 to 296 (16) and Mt T made growth from 263 to 250 (13 spot increase). So the schools in the district showing the most growth and stability seem to be Foss and Mt. Tahoma…

    As far as this being a learning opportunity…I don’t even get your point. I’m sorry if your life has sucked.

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