The city of Indianapolis might be finally waking up to the challenges of urban education and maybe, just maybe, seeing how in many ways they've abandoned these kids, teachers, and communities. Here's to hoping that the public interest will keep the pressure on as Tully says here, it would be foolish. It's also not right.
It's time to act to save our schools
December 20, 2009, by Matthew Tully
It's time to act to save our schools "I want to be the first person in my family to graduate." A junior named Britney Bishop said those words to me Thursday as she stood in a hallway outside Manual High School's band room. One of her friends, junior Tiffany White, agreed. She, too, hopes to start a family tradition on Graduation Day 2011. The girls' status isn't unique. I've frequently talked to Manual students who come from families still waiting on the first diploma to hang on a wall. Some, like Britney and Tiffany, are striving to graduate. Others don't seem to care. It's easy to be overwhelmed by the idea that in 2009, when a college education is often needed to land a decent job, many households served by the Near-Southside school still don't possess a single high school diploma. It also would be easy, in light of Manual's many problems, including a 39 percent graduation rate, to write off the troubled school as a lost cause.
But quitting on this school would be a foolish mistake for this city, as foolish as the decision made every year by scores of teenagers to drop out of Manual.
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