Thursday, August 9, 2007

Sorry state of education

It strikes me as odd that the Lammersville School District would choose to close its charter school at the same time educators are clamoring for new and novel learning approaches to bolster California's sometimes-pitiful education system.

Charter schools, like Lammersville, New Jerusalem, and Millenium in Tracy, offer students who struggle in a traditional classroom a second chance at getting the education they need. That and the pleas of parents served by the school weren't enough to keep the place open.

Stagnant test scores and low test scores were the reasons given for the closure. Still, it seems a shame for those affected. If we want our students to excel, we should be finding ways to open more possibilities for success, not finding ways and excuses to shut them down.

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