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Fourth-grade rotation


To the Editor:

Recently, Richard Elementary School decided to implement a fourth-grade rotation. This was done after several weeks into the school year.

The principal of Richard was presented with a petition comprised of 34 names, representing approximately half of the class, requesting the rotation be placed on hold until questions were answered regarding this process. This petition/request was ignored.

The school board was also contacted by numerous parents regarding our great displeasure of this process. Our e-mails and phone calls went on deaf ears. We have been assured by the teachers and principal that this is in our children's best interest.

How can this possibly be in our children's best interest when, with the implementation of this rotation, there aren't enough books for each child? Imagine, Grosse Pointe schools are supposed to be one of the top rated and yet our children don't even have enough books to go around.

The result, a test recently given to the fourth grade had to be retaken because no student obtained higher than a "C"! The math teacher involved within this rotation was recently asked why the students were grading their own work. Her reply, she didn't have "time" to grade all 70-plus papers.

Is this the sign of a quality school/education? Or is this the new standard for the Grosse Pointe Public School System?

Rest assured that if the latter, the current school board members will not be receiving my vote next election.

Claudia Wakely

City of Grosse Pointe

Claudia Wakely
City of Grosse Pointe
November 17, 2004

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