Momodon2 - The truth is that there is only 1 board member that is talking about pushing kids out of Hursey and that is Chris Collins. All traditional first graders will be in the second grade at Hursey next year and so on. To transition Hursey to full Montessori, the district should follow the same pattern as they are doing at James Simons and Murray LaSaine.
They other fact is that Next year Hursey will not receive any Palmetto Priority Schools funding because of its academic success. This money comes from the State and has traditionally been used to lower class size on the traditional side of the school.
I too agree that Chris Collins should abstain, although I won't hold my breath as he has continually shown disregard for any sort of ethical code of conduct. Chris led the effort to have the CCSD board come out to Hursey and have a public informational meeting there. He did not require this for the other schools that were transitioned to Montessori, but when it came to the school his kids attend, he demanded it. Don't get me wrong, I think it is a valid and useful step, but it is widely understood that he is leading and organizing the effort to stop the transition to Full Montessori.
Rev. Collins has done a remarkable job of trying to make this a racial issue. His attack of Mr. Monteith is despicable. My e-mail exchanges with Rev. Collins were no better. He attacked me because I haven't lived here as long as he has, and he lied about his voting record on the North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School.
This issue is about school choice and closing the achievement gap. Currently, there are more than 400 students across the district on a waiting list for a Montessori education. That is a fact. Currently, North Charleston (North Zone) is the ONLY part of the district that does not have a Full Montessori school. That is a fact.
Chris Collins voted AGAINST an arts infused elementary school for North Charleston (North Zone). That is a fact. (CCSD Board Meeting Minutes 3/28/2011)
The facts, according to this article, are that 85% of the students in Montessori are African American. (192/227)
Park Circle is a diverse community and shame on Chris for trying to divide it into a black/white issue. CCSD and North Charleston must continue to move forward with innovative approaches to education if we are to have any chance of returning disenfranchised families back into Public Education and raise our abysmal graduation rates.
Quyen Closed up? Tried to go for Lunch today and not only was no one home, but the tables and chairs were all gone too???
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