Sometimes, the message of what is good about public education becomes obscured.
Public education in this country never has been better. Smart kids are smarter. SAT scores are at a 30-year high. Opportunities are provided for all children, even special education students. Gains are being made in mathematics and science.
Public schools provide opportunities for all students, not just the academically talented and grant equal access to the tools needed for the future, be it higher education or the workforce.
School violence has declined for the last 12 years. The FBI calls schools safer than the homes of many students and, despite the news headlines; school violence is on the decline.
It has been estimated that about 30 percent of students in this country receive their only hot meal of the day at school. In Marietta City Schools we serve free or reduced lunch to almost 50 percent of our children.
The dropout rate nationally hovers around 10 percent. Our dropout rate in Marietta City Schools is lower than the national average. More high school graduates than ever before are attending and graduating from colleges or universities.
Public schools do good every day and for every student. Most other countries ignore the needs of special education students. Public schools welcome the 5.5 million special-needs kids in this country and work to provide the same experiences and opportunities as other students. In Marietta City Schools we serve over 500 special-needs children (approximately 20 percent of our student body). In a public schools (Marietta City Schools included), no student is a castaway - all students are served.
Marietta City Schools invites you to join us in the education of your children. I encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Bruce Thomas is the Superintendent of the Marietta City Schools and can reached at email@example.com