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Re: “In Durham Public Schools, budget cuts chip away at the classroom


I live in Forest Hills which borders the American Tobacco Trail, is walking distance to downtown, and has one of the most beautiful pastoral public parks in Durham. I am in full support of a tax increase to support our public school system. My support is broad minded as well as self serving. It is very sad to think about leaving this urban paradise so that our children can attend a school with less than 30 kids in class, P.E., Art, Music, and a well-balanced, quality curriculum.

Most of the children on our street currently attend DPS schools and I feel that a tax increase to keep Durham teachers in the classroom would have broad support throughout the neighborhood.

I find it ironic that there seems to be widespread interest in Durham for duplicating the "miraculous" success of the Harlem Children's Zone at the same time that we are on a track to increase class size and reduce support services. I think that the HCZ charter schools have an average of 13 kids in a class, balanced curriculums including art, music, health and PE, extended day and year schedules, early education and family support.

It is very hard to think of the HCZ as a scalable inspiration at a time when it looks like the DCC may not do what it takes to even modestly staff our current classrooms.

It is also interesting that surrounding this island of success in Harlem, the NYC public school system is crumbling, neglected and transitioning to a free market charter system where somebody? is making a fortune. I have friends trying to support the public schools in NYC and the scene outside the "ZONE" is not pretty.

Thanks for the research and coverage on this EXTREMELY important issue.


p.s. We need to all work together on this and not deal with hood profiling.

Posted by FHILLS mom on 05/20/2010 at 1:40 PM

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