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posted by [identity profile] i-amjackscolon.livejournal.com at 04:26am on 15/06/2008
To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Alice Berning. I am currently a student in the International Baccalaureate Programme at Vanguard High School in Ocala, and when school begins this August I will be a senior. My fellow students and I are greatly disappointed in the Marion County School Board, and the way education is carried out in Florida.
Last year our summer was extended, and we began school late in August, rather than the first week. Many complaints about this change were made, including the fact that students would have to study for midterms over winter break, instead of the first semester being finished already. The laregest impact this change had, however, was the loss of two week’s worth of school time before May examinations for both AP and IB courses. Students were forced to take their exams with less preparation than should have been possible. In addition, after the exams many students had little to no work in those classes, as they were all centered around preparing for the exam. For two weeks before final exams for the school began, many of us were forced to sit around and twiddle our thumbs.
This year yet another change is being made. With the passing of Amendment 1, education, which we were promised would not be effected, is being cut. There will be no buses for students in magnet programs such as IB at Vanguard, EMIT at Forest, MECCA at Westport and Marion Technical Institute in the old Forest High. I feel this is wrong. Programs such as these should be available to every student who wishes to participate. By taking away our buses, these programs are only feasible for students who live near to the school or who have the money for their own cars or parents with time enough to drive them to school every day. Equal opportunity? I think not. Students in situations similar to mine, who live 30 minutes or more from school, and whose parents work long hours, should not be punished. The government is still busing students for economic and racial diversity, but it is not these students that receive the brunt of budget cuts. No, the students who wish to succeed and who are willing to enter challenging programs are the ones who are punished. Not to mention the busing of sports teams which will no doubt continue unhindered.




....not done, but whatcha think?

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