What a joke! For those of you who actually read the article, what makes Dan Ortmeyer an expert on public education!? The JCNT basically gave him a platform for his opinion and it should have been put in the opinion section, not the front page. Oh and by the way, he may have went to JCHS, but his kids don't! He is so concerned about public education that he chose to forgo it for his own kids!?
@TrueStory...get your facts right, academies don't force students to make career choices as freshmen. Academy learning is about hands-on project-based learning where kids get to choose what is interesting to them. And they have the freedom to choose electives as well. It is anything but forced and it is not railroading them into a career path! Maybe you should find out the true story before you speak. Please move to Blair Oaks, this District needs one less uniformed citizen speaking untruths and sabotaging a good thing for the community.
I think this makes perfect sense. Why not discuss the evolution of education with those who will be hiring our graduates in the future. Academy learning does not mean that the kids won't get basic math and science skills, it just allows them to apply those skills in new and engaging ways.
It's time to put your money where your mouth is...if we want better schools systems, we have to be willing to approve bond issues that would help get them there.
The current high school is over 20 years old. There are more kids, kids are bigger and have more stuff and the building standards have changed. A new high school is needed, but not, two. If you want to compare costs, I'm sure you'll find that the cost to build one new, is more economical than building two. Plus, there are increased costs to fund two of everything. Just my thoughts....
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