neglected, now do I think that continues? To be honest no, though at the same
time I do feel problems there are being addressed both begrudgingly and poorly.
Chartrand paid nine million dollars to bring to town to save our struggling African
American youth. Here is the thing about the KIPP school, Gary Chartrand wouldn’t
send his children to it and nor would any affluent white neighborhood accept
parents and their children away but hey you poor black folk should line up and
beg to get your kids in.
majority of the school board two of which are millionaires and all four are republicans
fully entrenched in the city’s power structure want to fix the neighborhood
schools on the Northside of town by converting several of them to magnets, a
repeat of the Paxon and Stanton structure which admittedly gave us two of the
finest schools in the country just at the expense of every other high school in
really been in town that long and the four school board members, Grymes, Smith-Juarez,
Shine and Fischer are also ignoring the parents of those communities and their representatives,
you know because they know better. Coincidently these are also the four board
members that really don’t have any true education experience, and before you
bombard me with Smith-Juarez was a teacher, I don’t believe a few semesters at
the Bolles school counts.
voiced reluctance about converting another neighborhood school into a magnet
school after already making similar decisions for other schools in recent
Couch, Constance Hall and Paula Wright said the district should keep R. V.
Daniels and Susie Tolbert as they are and instead bolster the programs and
academics of the neighborhood schools.
our way into a quality education at every school,” Hall said.
boils down to two camps, the teachers on the board that represent those communities
want to save the schools and bolster their programs and staffs. The non-teachers
on the board, the millionaires and representatives of the republican elite in
the city, and don’t get mad at me my republican readers, Paula Dockery and John
King are and were champions of education, want to destroy those schools and want to
dictate to those communities what they should take.
These board members
fail to acknowledge that a lot of the problems caused on the North side of town
and in these schools is because of them and their ilk. Instead of dictating
to those communities, they should be listening to them.