It's Not About Money
Test scores aren’t everything. But they are something. And with no disrespect to the students, parents and teachers of other great Moore County schools, I submit this fact: Academy Heights is the top-ranked elementary school in the state. I could never imagine shutting down a top-ranked school as a “solution” to a budget crisis. Are we living in the Twilight Zone? If I were cynical, I would think that this was a ploy to begin the process of ending the year-round school program. Or perhaps it was a way to send high performing students to other schools to improve scores throughout the county.
My parents immigrated to this country to give me the best education possible. I have lived the American dream. Like all parents, I want that for my children. Education is the bedrock — the foundation for success. Extinguishing a successful school is never the right answer. Punishing teachers and students who have achieved excellence is egregious.
This is not about money. This is an issue that goes to the core of our priorities as a community and as a nation. Are we willing to think outside the box for the sake of our children? Are we willing to do whatever it takes for them? Are we willing to make for them the sacrifices that were made for us?
Ravikant Varanasi, M.D.
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