Reader Input: Series should scrutinize local schools

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This is not to disparage the education that students may be receiving at any of the successful charter schools. But if you’re going to do a series on education, why write five front-page stories on consecutive days about the troubled Horizon Charter Schools serving Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville? (Editor’s note: Horizon Charter has a school in Auburn serving 250 students). You spent approximately 15,000 words about mismanaged schools outside of Auburn. (To put that into perspective, folks, that amounts to the first 45 pages of your favorite novel!)
Why focus on 2,700 out-of-area students? Why not focus on local education from the Placer Union High School District (PUHSD) and their 4,380 students?
There you’ll find numerous successful programs for students, operated by hard-working teachers and administrators.
The charter schools you reported on have euphemistic names like Academy, Accelerated Learning, John Adams, Collegiate Academy, etc., but are these out-of-area schools more important than the schools in our own community?
Imagine the amount of education reporting that could have been done had you taken the time and space to write about all the great things that are happening locally.
With very little investigation, you’d find that the core knowledge of American culture (English language arts, math, science, history and social science, foreign language, etc.) is the focus of our local schools.
Not only that, but the academic curriculum at all the district schools is rigorous with AP and college prep classes offered. And, the career technology classes like metal shop, woodshop, mechatronics, computer and publications offer choices to all students.
Anyone in town who has ever attended a musical concert, football half-time band performance, basketball pep band, art show, drama, or musical at any of the schools in the PUHSD would know that the arts are alive and well in our local schools, too.
Although the parents at our public schools are not mandated to spend 30 hours per year contributing to the school, who do you think transports students to field trips and games, who contributes to the installation of equipment, who runs snack bars and booster clubs? Involved public school parents who willingly volunteer their time.
Is local public education successful? Take a look at the number of students over the years who have attended high-profile colleges and universities across the country. Then look around the Auburn community to see how many graduates of local schools operate successful businesses in Auburn.
Let’s focus the town newspaper on local education and its success.
Robert Burge, Auburn