Foul on Carbondale trustees
Dear Editor:After reading the March 23 article, “School district officials lament approval of Montessori charter,” my opinion of our local government went from indifferent to poor. It’s disheartening to read that the Carbondale trustees publicly state they are unanimously opposed to the school, after its approval. The trustees did not attend the March 8 public information meeting about the school. The work and support ahead for the school to succeed is immense. The fact that town trustees are sour makes the tasks more difficult.Detractors of the school have focused on the “potential” racial segregation of students in the community. Proponents for the school have a mission for better education and racial integration. Detractors do not have a crystal ball. Proponents do not have a hidden agenda.The participation of the Latinos in the new school is in their own control. The Mark Ross Montessori School is on record, seeking to achieve racial integration and is working to promote Latino participation. If the ratios fall short, perhaps it’s a choice about education and cultural norms. Or, perhaps our trustees’ racial segregation comments and opinion influence Latinos not to enroll?When the dust settles and the Montessori racial ratios are in line with demographics, will everyone quit crying? The new school is coming, like it or not. In the meantime, let’s put our energy into educating kids. This means raising the bar on the three R’s, not debating the correct formula of A’s and L’s. And a little positive support from our trustees wouldn’t hurt either!Matt MooreCarbondale
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