Deb Byers: Hopeful about equal access task force |

Deb Byers: Hopeful about equal access task force

Deb Byers

At the school board meeting last week, the board seemed to want to protect their position by indicating that they, as opposed to the majority of the people present at that meeting, are interested in doing what is best for all students. It seemed to me that everyone in that room wanted the same thing. My main concern is that they seem to be unwilling to acknowledge that there is a significant population, apparently about 1/4 of their student base, that is being hurt by the current model – and that is the high-achieving students.

The current implementation of equal access by eliminating honors classes is not an acceptable solution if those students who would normally have been in the honors classes now feel bored, unchallenged, ignored and uninterested in school. I feel like they want us to stop voicing our opinions and assume that everything will work out. There would not be so many upset parents and students if there wasn’t truly a problem. Just ignoring this fact does not make it go away.

I am hopeful that the task force they have put in place will be able to come up with a solution that can truly address the needs of all of the children in our district, including the top 25 percent.

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