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TACOMA: Don’t close quality schools

Letter by Doug E. Carlson, Tacoma on March 11, 2011 at 10:39 am | 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?

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