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An Open Letter to District 65

One mother writes in frustration about the number of school days District 65 students have off, saying that creates hassle for working parents.

Superintendent Murphy,

I am one of many parents that see with GREAT FRUSTRATION that our local school system continuously take extra days off (like the day Before Thanksgiving) and frequent partial school days, with TOTAL DISREGARD for the fact that many of us are hard working parents, and that in many cases both parents need to work full time to make ends meet, and to comply with the increasing local taxes imposed by local entities like the school districts. 

You could argue that the calendar system is not under your direct control, but I sincerely hope that you could make school administrators aware of this growing concern, specially at times when they make decisions on raising even more our local taxes in order to cover Pension and Health care benefits for school workers.

I am certainly not alone in this frustration, and I am willing to gather support for a change, if no response by school officials to this concern is perceived. 

Regards, 
Dr. Liliana N. Fargo 

Marci November 24, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Your second list of points are much more logical, but these are not the points that were expressed in your open letter. It is clear now that these are your real concerns. Perhaps you should have started with these as your 'open letter' I am not representing anyone but myself. To insinuate that I represent someone else is the same as you writing an open letter to later promote your own interests with the "follow the conversation" link below. I think your lack of addressing Dr. Murphy as "Dr" was also disrespectful. I earned a Masters degree in Education, and I have worked as a classroom teacher, school administrator, and director of Professional Development, so I understand the need for 21st Century Learning and the urgency for school improvement. It is my charge. You began your argument by sharing your frustration that the traditional school year has a TOTAL DISREGARD for working parents. You did not express that the 180 day school year (created to meet the needs of a past agriculture economy) is outdated and keeping our students from being globally competitive. Yet, there are much larger differences in the systems of education in the rest of the world than the amount of days students are in school. That is for another conversation. I was responding to you original points which were stated in your open letter. I am very happy with the quality of education in District 65, but I am my child's first teacher.
Procrustes' Foil November 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM
It is clear that you are misinformed about CHARTER SCHOOLS. Fewer than 25% of charter elementary schools show better test scores than public schools. The rest are worse. Remember, charter schools get to choose their students, while public schools do not. You might do well to focus on deteriorating colleges and universities that for decades have watered down the curricula and grossly inflated grades. At least Harvard is trying to address these deficiencies.
Elizabeth Hubbard November 25, 2012 at 04:04 PM
The teaser for this story reads, "Do Students Need Less School Days?" Since it really should read "Do Students Need Fewer School Days," maybe we all need MORE school days! Seriously though, I don't think it is necessarily the quantity, it is the quality. I happen to like having my kids home more, but I am fortunate enough to be home with them. I realize that all families are different!
liliana fargo December 07, 2012 at 02:02 AM
For those suspicious about the success of CHARTER SCHOOLS, this article might be useful...and informative: ow.ly/2tBH2B
liliana fargo December 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Worth to notice: I NEVER received a response from Superintendent Murply, or anyone from his office, regarding this issue, even though I sent directly to him this message by email. I wonder is somebody is listening up there!.... Dr. Fargo.

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