Op-Ed: What happens when public schools lose students?
It’s one of those questions that you have to consider. It can’t be solved by blaming the teachers, curriculum, administrators or some other part of a school system.
In this case, the problem is not teachers, but the loss of students to public schools, where many of them will remain for the rest of their lives.
The most frightening thing about losing a child is it isn’t just a loss of a child, it’s a loss of a child to live in a community.
If you are a parent, you likely worry about your child’s safety. The loss of a child to a private school is even scarier because most of us don’t really think about the loss of a child before it happens.
Yet, if you think about the impact losing a child has on a community, you are more likely to worry about protecting that child from becoming a community problem and creating a burden on the community.
While the parents and teachers at the Montrose School Board meeting yesterday gave us an abundance of information about how their school system is doing, there was one question that they kept to the surface. It goes something like this: If a child leaves our school system, how are we going to make up for the loss.
What many of the parents of Montrose students did was bring up a serious question for the board, a question that is likely to be on all of our minds as the next school board takes over.
How are we going to address the loss of students and the loss of a school?
The first step in addressing this question is to understand where the loss of students will occur.
The loss of students is not something that happens in one day and it is not something that is limited to the Montrose School District.
We have more than 2,100 students who attend the Montrose School District. Not one of them is safe from the loss of a student.
The loss of a student occurs each year because students are removed from schools that are not making the grade. There are students who are being left behind because of the system’s failure to adequately prepare them for the