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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I was highly disappointed in the one-sided May 3 editorial on closing the virtual school in Carroll County (“A raw deal on virtual schools”). The real raw deal here is the more than 400 children (including my son) who just found out they have no school to attend next year. How would your children feel if their school was closed with no warning or good explanation?
The virtual public school program is an excellent alternative for children who do not excel in the brick-and-mortar setting. Many of the students in the program have special needs, are gifted and talented, or are from military families. This program best fits them, while still ensuring their achievement through standardized testing.
Educators and legislators in the commonwealth need to come to grips with the reality that parent-led education is growing across the country, and Virginia is no exception. They need to work with children, not against them.
The one part of the editorial I agree with is that legislators should examine the virtual school program. However, it should be in the context of fixing the broken system and creating a statewide virtual school district so what happened in Carroll won’t happen again.
CATHERINE T. SIZER
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