2002-05-25 / Letters

Changes Needed In Education

Changes Needed In Education

Dear Editor;

Hi! This is a call for Lew Simon, Audrey Pheffer, Senator Meeks and Addabbo. As one of your constituents in the Rockaways, what role do you all play in parents of public school children who want and see a major need for changes in our educational system. How do we start petitions and get our voices heard. Our tax dollars are taken from us and distributed to all the city and state workers. The issues aren't separate to parents.

Do you realize everyday across the Rockaways children who take buses home are pulled from their classes from 2:40 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and school lets out at 3 p.m? Do you realize classes are still teaching? Children miss out on 2 ½ hours a week of their education for 10 months. 200 or more hours they miss of an education. If school lets out at 3 p.m. That's when the buses should be at the schools. Yes, I do realize most of our bus drivers have more than one school. But public schools are picked up in the morning after parochial schools, and pick-up after parochial schools in the afternoon.

Please help! How do we get some of these issues changed? Also, do we all really think 9 and 10 year olds in the 4th and 5th grades are truly old enough to walk home alone during those exceptionally cruel winter days? Many parents work? These are major issues for parents. The educational standards and the safety of our younger children. When people dismiss school vouchers they shouldn't. Many changes would definitely take place! Standards would be raised. When 1,500 of your own tax dollars is given back to you for a choice. And you would have to give it to the school yourself. Then you would see big competition for education and safety.

Please write The Wave as I am not the only parent concerned. Also the issue of P.S. 180 most parents do think it has implemented great academics and made major changes. One of the problems for Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor, Roxbury and Breezy Point is the safety factor of the environment around P.S. 180. And now with all the housing going up there, why isn't there crossing guards by the el for when children by the droves are walking. If a child gets off 102nd Street, do you realize the traffic crossing from one side to another? Also we don't get school buses when our children live far away.

What are the standards for the new academics in P.S. 180 most people do realize the best programs are in the poorest neighborhoods to attract new people. But we do realize the standards are lowered. When talking to a majority of people when you mention P.S. 180 it's the same â013 people are afraid of their children being mugged or beat up. Beef up the security guards! So, what are your viewpoints and what can parents do and be taught to make changes. Do any of your children go to school here in the Rockaways?

COLLEEN DOCHERTY


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