I was interested in what such an experienced and brilliant group of school leaders would blame for the struggling of region schools. Three problems were listed in the first paragraph, namely: public charters, vouchers and property tax caps (money).
The region physical plants are first rate and costly. Since the Lake Central High School, its enrollment has gone down. The size of our region schools can be intimidating for both parents and students.
The increase in charter schools is a result of dissatisfaction with public schools. A contributing factor is the principle that it is the parent's responsibility to see to it that their children receive the best education possible for their specific needs.
Public schools need to continue to conduct a rigorous self-evaluation and attempt to spend money more responsibly.
Our schools need to work more closely with parents and local citizens to involve them in school activities so there is a sense of ownership among them.
- Ken Van Dellen, St. John