Schools not responding

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 21, 2010

Over three months ago we sent letters to the Claiborne County superintendent and board of education asking for an official meeting with them.  There has been no response to that request.

Over the past four years we have met with faculty and staff of the school district, students in the district, our sheriff, chief of police, pastors, judges, legislators, human service officials, other local government officials, business owners and citizens of the community in an effort to gain insight on what is really happening with our children and to share what we can do as a community to aid the school officials. We want to share our findings and recommendations with the superintendent and board of education in an official setting first before sharing it with the public.

Our school system is in serious trouble. We have been teaching the state test over the last few years to our students. We are not preparing our students for the real world. The state has raised the standards and will raise them even more over the next two years and we applaud the raising of standards. 

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We must go back to the basic reading, writing and arithmetic, enforcing creative thinking and problem solving. We must give our children the necessary tools needed to be successful in today’s society.

We are not trying to run anything or do anyone’s job. We merely want to share the results and recommendations we have gained.

J. B. Davis

Joseph Davis Sr.

A. C. Garner

Ellis Neal

Clarence Scutter 

Port Gibson