Erin Major: Goal is a quality education for all students
Thank you Ms. Neumaier for your thoughtful letter regarding Summit Schools. I agree with your assessment of the equal access curriculum delivery model. The desire to have certain students educated in a self-selected vacuum is not a new desire in Summit County. Who wouldn’t want their child educated without the distractions of special education students, English Language Learners, students with disciplinary issues, B students, C students or, as one parent at the meeting last week quoted “dumb students?”
Mr. Thompson has made some wildly inaccurate assumptions regarding the decision making processes at the building level, administrative level and board level of Summit Schools (Edward Thompson, “Not everyone’s an honors student,” letters, Sept. 6). The equal access curriculum delivery model was chosen as best practice. Equal access was indeed discussed and researched by Summit School District educators, administrators and board members. Standardized grading and equal access are both educational fits for the International Baccalaureate program, which was implemented over 10 years ago in Summit School District, also amid much discussion and approved for full district implementation by Summit School District Board of Education in 2009. Interestingly, the original proponents of the International Baccalaureate program also wanted that program to be specific to only “highly motivated” or “gifted” students. That desire, however, does not fit with the International Baccalaureate philosophy or with public education as defined by state and federal statute.
The charge of any school board is to provide a quality and equal educational experience for ALL students. We elect our school board officials to assure this and I appreciate the hard work they do (without pay) towards this end.
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