Bend In The Branch

The personal opinions of one among many.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

"Choice is Not an Option"

I'll preface this post by stating that I am pleased with the education offered my child; however, I know that there are many children whose needs are not being met, and I have to question the content of a letter I received yesterday from our Superintendent.

I'll not bother with relating my rejected inquiries into this matter.

The letter read, in part:

"On August 2, 2004, the South Carolina State Department of Education notified us of the preliminary Title I school improvement list. Manning Elementary School has been identified as a school which is required to offer public school choice for this school year. A school is identified as in need of improvement upon a school not meeting adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two or more consecutive years.

Due to the grade span and school configuration of Clarendon School District Two, choice is not an option. Manning Elementary School is the only school within the district serving students in grades four through six."

Choice is not an option??? I think not:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/01/20020108.html

http://www.ed.gov/parents/academic/involve/nclbguide/parentsguide.pdf

"What action can parents take if their school or district does not
offer school choice to their child who is eligible?


Schools and districts receiving Title I funds must provide choice for eligible students as described above. If they do not, parents are encouraged to contact their state department of education."

My concerns are with the parents who are not aware of their choices, and are therefore misled by the content (or lack thereof) of the letter.

There may be times when the battle is not yours to fight, but is indeed yours to defend.

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