Letter: Maintain local control of schools

To the Editor:

In Tony Bennett’s recent State of Education speech, if any misinformed legislator or citizen held the mistaken belief that the intent of school takeover was to improve a struggling school then return it to the local governing board, such notion should now be laid to rest.

We heard that poor performing schools are systemic of poor performing corporations, and should he win a second term, the present superintendent intends to expand the IDOE’s power to allow for the takeover of whole corporations.

Two years ago legislators shared with what seemed to be paranoid public school advocates that there were no plans to “take over” schools, they were merely to be “turned around.”

They also shared that if schools were to be taken over, it wouldn’t affect their communities and constituents because they had “good schools” in their districts. One representative sharing two years ago today has two D high schools and an F middle school in his district. That puts them on the short list not to be turned around but taken over.

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