Letter to the Editor: Grade for Community Support for Schools-"Needs Improvement"
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 08:58
Published: Monday, October 11, 2010
The Huntsville Times
I was delighted to read the Times coverage of the outstanding Advanced Placement test results we have achieved in seven Huntsville City and Madison County high schools. This is a great example of our private sector, through the Schools Foundation, making direct contributions that benefit students and teachers in our community.
Many of our citizens have a view that we have some of the best schools in the state. While that may be true of the school in their neighborhood we are no longer a leader in funding our schools, like we were 20 years ago. Today we are average in our community millage rate contribution to schools, average in over all test scores, and (shockingly) we have several schools that rank in the bottom 10% of the state in student achievement. The citizens of Mountain Brook, Vestavia, Hoover, Prattville and many others are more willing to allocate more money to improve schools.
The community needs to evaluate our commitment to the future manifested in the faces of the children in our schools. They are all our kids whether they are at Jones Valley or University Place, Colonial Hills or Riverton. Good public education is a foundation of any community, especially one like ours. We cannot be the leader in technology and lag in K - 12 funding.
Learn more about the Schools Foundation and their work to engage the community in dialogue through Speak Up. Austin and Boston are our targets - not Montgomery. Let's get this right today!
Tim Singleton Jr.
(Tim Singleton is the Vice President of the Board of The Schools Foundation)