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TACOMA: Don’t close quality schools

Letter by Doug E. Carlson, Tacoma on March 11, 2011 at 10:39 am with 11 Comments »
March 11, 2011 10:39 am

The mission of the Tacoma Public Schools is “to provide excellent instruction that results in increased student achievement and to create a dynamic partnership with parents and our community.”

That is the mission; what is the reality? A recommendation to close an award-winning elementary school that did just what the mission statement says (TNT, 3-11).

The school won an award just last year for providing the excellent instruction and increased student achievement desired by all. Yet the district wants to close it. The school is Franklin Elementary.

Closing a school that is accomplishing its mission when other schools are not is not in the best interest of the kids or the district.

Board member Jim Dugan is concerned what the district will have to sell. Let me answer that question. It will have nothing if it closes successful schools. This proposed action demonstrates just how much quality education means to the district and board. Not much.

Why would we support a school district that takes such actions against a successful program?

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. Again, Democrats keep dumbing us down into cattle.
    Politicians cannot stand against an educated citizen, so their best defence is to take away education first, our money second, and then our rights.
    Cattle, every one of us…

  2. Pecksbadboy says:

    The Democrats want this?
    The GOP has the lower IQ and they want this to happen.
    I think you watch too much Fix News or listen to the idiot from Mount Vernon WA.

  3. Why are they not closing Mary Lyon?

  4. Sue- why are you so angry?

  5. yabetchya says:

    This is not about the GOP or the Dem’s……….This is about the stupidity of the brain process of the TSD.

  6. rosie12
    The reason why they are not closing Lyon is because students from McKinley west of McKinley Ave. will be attending Lyon. That is about 100 or so students.

  7. spotted1 says:

    So, here is the answer…If you don’t want the schools closed, come up with a better solution for balancing the budget and dealing with deficit. Or you can continue to whine and complain and nothing happens.

  8. Let’s see how many citizens will pass a special operations levy to get past this economic crisis? I’d like to see an independent analysis of every job at central HQ and whether it is money well spent. It seems, whether the money rolls in during the good times, cost benefit analysis never comes into play. Everyone thinks their idea is worthy of some dollars.

    Maybe the Tacoma News tribune needs to do an article on the percentage of funds being spent for various teaching and support activities. It is obvious throwing more money at the problem has not worked.

  9. cclngthr says:

    For the HR department, there are 2 separate directors (one for classified and one for certified), a main assistant superintendent (Laurie Taylor), secretaries for each person, and 4 assistants. Within that office is the Substitute Office which has 2 people running it, one for classified and the other for certified. Both run the Subfinder computerized call system (they do not call subs unless there is an emergency), which is the automated sub call system in the district.

    In that department alone there are at least a dozen people in it.

    The TNT should compile a list of employees with their pay and let the taxpayers decide what to do.

  10. Why do people try to assert your state of mind?Perhaps these are people who can’t really contribute anything worthwhile.

  11. There was a timely report on channel five today indicating the Tacoma School District spends 6.2$ of its budget on central administration. With the exception of Seattle (9%+) just about every other school district is appreciably less. So, where’s the 6.2% being spent on???

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