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Letter to the editor: Critiquing the critique

Posted 10/3/18

In the Sept. 18 edition columnist Michael Alcorn wrote the column “Big Projects, like moving a school grade, have a lot of little steps.” As noted by the author, neighborhood schools were …

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Letter to the editor: Critiquing the critique

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In the Sept. 18 edition columnist Michael Alcorn wrote the column “Big Projects, like moving a school grade, have a lot of little steps.” As noted by the author, neighborhood schools were built during a different era. A time when students walked to school with friends and neighbors. However, the author failed to mention a great change to public schools in Colorado. School choice is, by Colorado law, the ability for any child to elect not to attend their neighborhood school in favor of a school across town in another neighborhood.
Since Jeffco Schools lacks the financial ability to provide bussing to every student at no cost, this may contribute to the large amounts of traffic not just at Arvada area middle schools, but across Jeffco. Is it possible that Jeffco families are choosing not to utilize Jeffco Schools busses because of a $150 per year bus fee? Is this teacher proposing that Jeffco Public Schools provide bussing at low or no cost to families to lessen the amount of traffic? I’m unsure why Mr. Alcorn would openly criticize his colleague in the paper, a person at the local level who is working on the little steps at the towards a solution. If community members like Mr. Alcorn have the time and interest to solve this issue, please join us on the Jeffco Schools Start Times Task Force. The insight that can be gained from critical friends would be put to good use.

Katie Winner,
Arvada

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