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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Times Union takes it's first step

I felt like a new father who watched his baby take his first step when I read the Times Unions recent editorial on education. It was like they were finally walking up to the problems we have in the city. Sadly I have also been writing to them for years explaining how our school district wasn’t just failing minority children, that we’re an equal opportunity robber of hopes and dreams.

Now that the Times Union has taken that first step, it’s time for them to take another and ask the hard questions. We get that half our children can’t read at grade level once they get to high school but what somebody at 1701 Prudential drive needs to explain is how did all these children get to high school without the skills they need to be successful and how are our high schools supposed to miraculously catch them up? Is the Times Union not asking these hard questions because they are afraid they won’t like the answers?

Like the editor wrote, we ignore this at our peril.

Chris Guerrieri
School Teacher

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