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Parents best barometer of which schools passing

Congratulations to the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board on its resolution to dispense with the A-F grading system. I believe these systems have been put into place so privatizers and corporate entities can take over, making a profit on the backs of our children.

The answer to who knows whether a school is successful is obvious: parents. They know what they want for their children’s education.

Parents want a curriculum that has high academic standards, is rich in the arts and social sciences, offers an adequate amount of time to eat lunch and have recess, has afterschool programs, updates technology regularly, uses a variety of methods to instruct children, and has teachers who love their students and love their jobs.

I don’t need some constantly changing, unexplainable A-F system to tell me where my kids should go to school; I want caring, passionate individuals to tell me what they see and what they feel and what they know.

Again, congratulations and thank you to the FWCS board for taking huge steps in denouncing the reform movement with their resolutions against vouchers, charter schools and now the A-F grading system. Their stand on what is harmful to our children and to public schools is courageous.

ANNE DUFF Fort Wayne

Detroit steadily ignores ‘grumpy retiree’ market

I read the Aug. 13 article about Ford Motor Company’s effort to make the Lincoln more appealing to “younger, more discerning buyers after decades of selling hulking Town Cars to grumpy retirees.” Speaking as one of those “grumpy retirees,” my wife would agree that I am somewhat grumpy, especially when I read articles like that.

Guess what? We are the ones with the money. Why can’t Detroit figure that out?

My wife and I used to drive Olds 88s and 98s. Olds went out of business so we started driving Buick Park Avenues. Buick quit making them and so we switched to the Lucerne, which we love. But they are no more. And now they are going to make the Lincoln into a Crosley? Give me a break.

I love to buy American, but Detroit is going to force me to look overseas for the car that fits my needs. And, no, I won’t buy a Cadillac.


NACS, SACS on losing side with home-school athletes

When Rep. Tim Wesco, R-Osceola, agreed to drop the home school athletics bill, the IHSAA agreed to handle the matter internally with the assistance of Wesco and Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Lizton.

The result was a new rule that is very specific regarding student-athlete eligibility. The rule was voted on by the IHSAA board and passed 12-5. There is no mention of school districts having the option to opt out of the rule, like Northwest Allen and Southwest Allen are claiming to do. The defiant actions of those two particular districts can be explained, for now, by the confidence the respective superintendents and school boards have in their lawyers.

Their actions may delay a home-schooled student from trying out for a spot on an athletic team at those schools. However, it will only be a delay. NACS and SACS will eventually conform and follow the IHSAA rules, probably as a result of losing a lawsuit or settling a lawsuit.