I would like to say first and foremost that I am VERY excited about this proposal!! To be able to expand this program and have it be offered to my children longer. All of the wonderful things that I love about Howe, my children will benefit from for many more years to come. Howe is Howe because of the teachers, students and parents. We are a family. I understand that parents are upset because, it's a fact, most people don't like change. They are scared. I think of this as an oportunity. An oportunity to grow together, for our children to grow together, and be able to focus on education, TOGETHER.
I was at the meeting at Howe the other night and I have to say, for the most part, the parents who were most upset were the parents who understood the least about the propsal. I agree with Mr. Ely 100% when he said that the program has nothing to do with building itself. Parents are outraged at sending their children across the park people!!! We are talking a few streets. Parents who said that they picked Howe because of the neighborhood that it was in but then outwardly admitted to living in a worse neighborhood!! I picked Howe because of the program, because of the test scores, because of the reputation that it has. I will send my kids to Howe, wherever that may be.