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  •  Greetings, ratsowhat and welcome to (2+ / 0-)
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    liberal oasis.  Our Pacific Northwest city famous for ...
    We welcome you to the public schools of our fair city.  

    And to the debate, ongoing these many years, over how to structure and fund public education, along with the many other necessary public services!

    There is concern in some circles that this important complex of issues is as yet, shall I say, unresolved.

    Our governor, one "Dr. K", has imbued his newly hired education chief with

    unprecedented power to shape [Northwest State's] public education, from preschool to university. The governor wants [his chief] to transform the system so that every student in the Class of 2025 graduates from high school, and 80 percent of them go on to attain a two- or four-year college degree.

    And [his chief] must complete the task without the promise of a significant boost in state spending.

    "We're definitely asking him to perform miracles," ["Dr. K"] joked.

    (Houston Chronicle)

    As a parent of a recent HS grad, I have worked with both public and private schools through the thirteen years of my son's education.

    This has afforded me the privilege of knowing parents, students and staff in both contexts.  I have supported out public schools, both through participation and donation through this time, and I continue to donate.  

    Still, in my experience, our public schools have some distance to go.  They need to meet the needs of all students and families with excellent programs.

    I think it is worth some effort to understand the perspective of a broad group of families who don't feel their needs are currently being met.

    While you may indeed find some whose concerns seem trivial to you, it is good that you hold back on calling them

    fellow progressives doing this lemming-to-the-private school migration, ... Coward.  Chickenshit.  Gutless.  Hypocrite.  Blahbitty blah blah.
    Please note the context of many years of inadequate funding, reform efforts, crumbling physical plant, etc.  We have worked with these problems for years trying to get our families' needs met.

    We need to understand each others' situations as we try to engage the problems constructively together.

    "You're only allowed a certain number of flips before people begin to doubt your character." - Mitt Romney

    by rsmpdx on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:48:48 PM PDT

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