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TACOMA: Oppose elementary closures

Letter by Katherine A. Brands, Tacoma on April 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm with 3 Comments »
April 14, 2011 2:34 pm

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. You put forth no plan to cut elsewhere? Since you don’t do that, all you do is cry out “don’t close my school! close someone else’s!!!”

    Give solutions. You have to cut somewhere. Where will it be?

  2. Dear spotted1, I do not see any solutions from you either. It is easy to sit at that computer and tell others what to do or what they did not do. Many of us did offer solutions and spent a lot of time talking and picketing to show support for the kids that cannot stand up for themselves. Missed seeing you at the community meetings and the board meetings. Right.

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    When you insist on putting special needs and problem kids in the class with those that want to learn….well, isn’t this obvious?? Keep the trouble makers and those that can’t keep up separate, and let kids learn.

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