Letter to the editor

Letter: Middle school muddle

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Jeffco has proof that sixth graders are not better off in middle schools. Per recent achievement results released by the District Accountability Committee, sixth graders in 6-8 middle schools perform worse than sixth graders in elementary schools and in K-8 schools. 

Why is the current school board so intent on moving sixth graders to middle school when it will only be detrimental to the majority of those students?

Even worse, the cost for the proposed move is $100 million. Yet at every board meeting, board members are continually whining that they have less and less money to spend. So my question is then why spend $14.5 million today when we know $100 million is needed? I am sure that money could be used on programs that actually improve student performance. Or how about raising compensation for excellent teachers, think about the excellent teachers we could attract and retain with $100 million.

Prudence should be the course of action. If funds are so limited, then don't spend money to move sixth graders.  It is not a necessary course of action. Furthermore, what happens with all the empty classroom seats left behind if sixth graders are moved out of elementary school. From Jeffco Facility team, they admit that there are over 12,000 empty seats in Jeffco. Why add to that already extraordinary high count?

When funding is so crucial to a school district, why waste money in this manner. Do not spend millions to move sixth graders to middle school. Don't forget, this is only phase one, again the total proposed cost of moving sixth graders to middle school is $100 million. Email the Jeffco school Board (board@jeffco.k12.co.us) and tell them to leave sixth graders in elementary schools.

Stephen R. Alley Jr.

Lakewood

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