1999-10-30 / Editorial/Opinion

Send Kids To Local Schools

It is that time of year when parents begin looking for schools for their kids. Most parents keep their kids locally for elementary school, but that often changes when it is time to look for a junior high.

Parents have been sending their kids off the peninsula in droves, with the recipient being District 21 in Brooklyn. District 21 is home to schools such as Bay Academy, Boody and Mark Twain, all known for their gifted and talented programs.

Matt Bromme, acting interim superintendent of District 27, said it the best when referring to this exodus from local schools. "If you take our kids from District 21 and put them in our schools, we will be as good." Bromme plans to seek the funds and work on restructuring the curriculums of the local junior high schools. Now, local parents have to work with him by sending their kids. It is a process. By sending your kids, the schools will begin to improve, just from having academically stronger students.

With the new administration at District 27, our local junior high schools can definitely reach the heights of Mark Twain, Boody and Bay Academy. Bromme is willing to make this investment. Parents have to be willing to make this investment in our local schools by keeping their kids on the peninsula.

Remember To Vote

Election Day is this Tuesday, November 2. Since the election has not received the best publicity, because it lacks "big" campaigns, many are not planning to vote. Every election is "big", and if you are registered, make sure you vote.

On the ballot will be candidates for Supreme and Civil Court, as well as Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. These are partners in the law enforcement community who have an impact on our lives everyday. Voting for these candidates reinforces our rights as citizens.

Also on the ballot will be an amendment concerning temporary assignments of City Court Judges and a question on revising the City Charter. These are also important for the future of the city.

How to vote is up to you. Before you go inside the booth on Tuesday, read the pamphlets and campaign material or talk to some friends who are knowledgeable on the candidates and issues. Either way, just remember to vote!

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