Parents: Enough multiple choice at neighborhood schools
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The moms and dads of Skinner Middle School — taxpaying types with steady jobs and sensible family cars — don’t look like a bunch of radicals.
But after meeting quietly for months to brainstorm, then to crunch numbers and compile data, they went public with demands that turn a decade of school-choice/school-reform thinking on its head.
Their chief demand: no more charter schools, no more alternative schools, or magnets; just fix the plain old, come-one, come-all neighborhood middle school we’ve already got.
“We want a school that takes all students, is not HGT (highly gifted and talented) but is just a quality neighborhood school,” said Renee Martinez-Stone.
Stone is a founding member of the insurrectionist group Northwest Neighborhood Middle Schools NOW.
In October 2009, NOW publicly pleaded for “a viable middle-school option” for “proficient and above kids” — the kids NOW contends are bailing on traditional DPS schools after fifth grade.
They asked for foreign-language programs, for arts and music. And they wanted DPS to stop opening nontraditional campuses in their neighborhood. That, they argued, would stop the hemorrhaging of high-achieving students.
As NOW sees it, the school choice
Read more: Parents: Enough multiple choice at neighborhood schools – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/ci_18037489#ixzz1M45j8ngD, Karen Auge