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Parent/teacher asks to keep APS in the forefront

10/25/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

In 1847, the Akron community was in the forefront of education setting the model adopted by the state of Ohio. Today, Akron continues to lead the way, bringing the first Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics middle school to our state. As a learning coach at the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame® STEM School, I see the difference we are making with each child as they become part of our community solution. Akron Public Schools provides, with the support of the community and local businesses, the opportunity for the work force of the future to sustain our city.

While living in a community outside Akron 10 years ago, my husband and I became discouraged with a school system that continued to cut school programming and robbed our children of the education they needed and deserved. We moved to take advantage of the programs offered by Akron Public Schools. Our children thrived at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, as well as at Firestone High School through the International Baccalaureate and Post-Secondary education opportunities. Their academic scores and preparedness earned substantial scholarships and honors at the college level. As a parent and teacher, I know that good jobs require a solid education for a strong economy. Without a new levy, we will all forfeit a quality education and add a burden to Akron’s economy. Let’s keep Akron in the forefront of education by voting for Issue No. 61.

Susan Hall, West Akron

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