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Don't really understand why this should be a poll. The White House has already decided against it. And to boot, pictures can be edited to look like whatever they need to be, so having the picture really doesn't prove much.
So you're saying that we should allow AHES to be closed because of discrimination around districting? That sounds more like a NCMCS problem that should be addressed in a different way than shutting down a school. And furthermore hand picked students? It is a public school, no students are hand picked, they go to the school because they live in the Pinehurst area and wanted to attended a year-round school. And you say minimal effects? Adding these 260 kids into programs around the sandhills would have a larger affect than you would think. Firstly it will affect your children that attend a SP school, they now having more kids in their class which will lower the amount of time that the teacher would direct toward YOUR children; this will happen across the county. And to one of your earlier points: that the kids from AHES wouldn't receive as good an education when they transitioned into another school. Fact is that they wouldn't, the schools that they would be attending aren't the number one school public elementary in the state. A child's success at their school isn't solely based around their parents' involvement with their education, its the faculty and staff that work with them and how they work with them. But you're right with one point, if AHES does close it wouldn't send NCMCS into a downward spiral, it would just be another school system where instead of choosing education we choose to make education a sacrifice. And you insisting that this school should be closed down because of the seemingly minuscule effect that it would have on the students really isn't that small. If you take away the school from the children you're affecting 260 futures, and you're willing to do this for money. To take away a high level of education that is given to the kids there. And for what? For half a million dollars. I personally don't believe that any school should be closed there are other places where the budget can be cut that won't affect the education of NCMCS students. Oh, and how dare you say that education is a business and not personal. It is incredibly personal and the decisions about making cuts to it should be taken as such. It isn't as if that all that's at stake here is $500,00.
Having read most of the arguments that people have proposed to help justify the closing
Academy Heights and all of them have on thing in common. The tactics used were merely belligerent attacks on the parents that have children in AHES and my personal favorite "We have to be adaptable to change...Kids need to learn this..Quit coddling the kids........they are stronger than you think...". Through all this bickering, I haven't really seen an argument about the quality of education that AHES gives. It is time to face the facts: Academy Heights IS the number 1 public elementary school in the state, if anyone wants to take that the wrong way and say that I'm discrediting the quality of other schools so be it. It's not an insult, its a fact. And looking at the bigger picture I can't see the reason why you'd close down such an incredible establishment, we should encourage schools to be like this. What kind of message does it send when you close down your school system's best school, that you don't take the education of the students seriously? That it is okay to be mediocre? Currently America is ranked 35th in math and 29th in science worldwide. Seeing as there are 195 countries around the word, that would put us in the top 18% for math and in the top 15% for science, not bad right? Well for the world's most powerful country it is. We as a whole shouldn't allow AHES to be closed because it matters more than locally, the school exemplifies what American schools should and could be. It isn't just about money or being a year-round establishment, take pride in American children's education as a whole. Parents want what is best for the kids, and I say that the closing of AHES isn't good for any kid.
Clearly you haven't done your research on the budget. Closing down the school won't save NCMCS $8,000,000 alone. Closing Academy Heights would only save $500,000, that's a mere 6.25% of the total proposed budget cuts. In addition to the minuscule amount of money that would be saved, Academy Heights is the top elementary school in the state. There is no reason that this school should be shut down above any other school in the system, it is an example of the high standards of education that should be upheld in our school system. Dispersing the students and teacher into other schools, as some might argue, wouldn't really help advance the students that haven't attended a school were the academics are at the top level in the state. The teachers would have to slow down to bring their new students up to their full potential while those who went to Academy Heights have their learning environment changed in a way that doesn't continue to give the education that the students deserve.This brings me to my final point: A school system is not about saving money, its about the education of children to advance them in life. While schools across the country are making sacrifices in the name of budget the students begin to lose their privilege of a higher education. And people wonder why the American school system has been falling behind.
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