The Tacoma School Board will vote on the fate of three elementary schools on Thursday. “Oh, just get over it and close the schools.” “It’s not my kid’s school.” “My kids are grown.” “I don’t have children, why should I care?”
In five to 10 years those very children will be out in the work force, in college or, unfortunately, unemployed. The health and welfare of the children who will be affected by the closures should be on all of our minds.
In high school we will blame the teachers for not trying hard enough or not caring enough to teach them to succeed. Will we remember that financial and operations managers made decisions based on dollars and not children? The staff members at these schools will.
Where are our community leaders? The schools affected contain low-income, children of color and children with disabilities. The most vulnerable of the district will be shuffled and moved to other schools, which in turn will be overcrowded.
Stand up for our children. Don’t let a few make the decisions for so many.
Keep these elementary schools open to serve these children, then ask for and consider other options. Together, we can all survive and flourish.