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Letter to the editor: Don't abandon problem schools

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 12:01 am

Sen. Long visited one the Fort Wayne Area Council’s PTA meetings last fall and spoke about the voucher program to our group. He backed up his belief in the voucher program by telling us a story about a woman who desperately wanted to send her boy to a better school that was not infested with gang violence and corruption.

She wanted the best for her son and all of the opportunities in a great education that every child deserves. He felt that giving that mother a voucher to attend a private school saved that boy and put him on the path to success.

Now as a mother myself, I am not denying the overwhelming desire to want the best for our children. But as a concerned citizen of the community, I ask you this. What about all of the other students at that school? What about their opportunities to get a great education? Instead of trying to place children randomly into private school at the taxpayer’s expense, why not start at the core of the problem and help support our public schools? The schools that have been there since the beginning offering education.

Stacey Patalita