Recently, I was dismissed as a volunteer for the Jasper County School District. Coincidentally, the week before, I had delivered a speech rebutting the district's PASS tests report. Go figure.
The real story here isn't the facts and figures I presented, but the toll that the behavior of the district administration and certain board members is taking on the children of Jasper County. The fact is that the truth has been hidden in order to protect the positions of a small group of people who have abused the trust we've placed in them.
I only wish that the same level of effort spent in the promotion and defense of the few could be expended on the hundreds of children for whom the district is responsible.
Let me focus on one fact to illustrate my point. Less than 27 percent of the district's students passed the 2014 PASS science tests. This is a tragedy. Where is the conversation and commitment between the school district and the public regarding what we can do to help these kids? I have witnessed firsthand the struggles these children are having. The predicament they're in is heart-breaking.
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Last year I submitted a letter to the newspaper. In it, I asked, "How can we protect the children of Jasper County from the administration charged with providing their education?" My question still stands.