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Puyallup parents petition to stop middle school switch

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm with 1 Comment »
February 1, 2011 6:20 pm

Puyallup parents who oppose a proposed switch from junior highs to middle schools are circulating a petition online.
Some parents say they oppose the move because they believe sixth graders belong in elementary school, rather than a sixth-through-eighth grade middle school. Others say moving ninth graders to Puyallup’s existing high schools will create overcrowding at the high schools. They also fear the numbers will force students unwillingly into double shifting at the high school.
District officials say middle schools are the prevailing model in Western Washington. They also say ninth graders need to be in a high school environment because they must earn high school graduation credits.
Parents are asking opponents of the move to attend the Feb. 14 Puyallup School Board meeting. To see their petition, click here

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  1. dustdevil11 says:

    In each of the districts considering a grade band revision, the NIMBY mantra: “I don’t want change for my family,” is the issue, not which grades go where. Understandably, a school district, in the false hope it can molify the discontent, will tout the many educational benefits a grade band change is alleged to possess.

    Hypocrisy runs amok.

    In other situations, parents try to teach kids that change is good; districts tell parents, teachers and staff that after decades of doing something one way, during which the suggested change was being successfully implemented elsewhere as a matter of routine, now all of the sudden, recognizes what it’s been missing all these years.

    Bottom line, the proposed grade band change would not be considered if we had the economic conditions of 2000-2007 vs. those we have now. Face up and at least be honest: this proposed change has little to do with education– middle schools have been an institution for over 50 years elsewhere— this proposal is only about some administrator’s understanding that money will be saved or at least preserved at bit longer. Having won the debate, a new normal will be established within 2 years.

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