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Sun, Aug. 18

Editorial: Speedy agreement key to Achieve's success

In a day when many parents have opted out of their childrens' education - whether due to increased job demands, worry about the economy, the declining family, or other factors - it is refreshing to see the parents of Achieve Academy students wanting to get more involved in the school's direction.

The parents, in a Tuesday meeting, said they want to be more than a parent-teacher association for fundraising and volunteer efforts.

The members of the school's site council want detailed information about how school officials spend the money allotted for education, insurance, rent and other costs. They are concerned that the school is moving away from its original charter, a focus on agriculture and related education.

Achieve principal, John Nixon, said the school's board will not recognize any function of this site council beyond what the school's attorney has indicated. He feels the school's charter dictates a committee more similar to a PTA.

It's time for Achieve's officials and the parents to come to an agreement on parental involvement. If they don't, Achieve will fail, and an alternative educational opportunity will be lost to our community.


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