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25Your prejudice is shining through. Just be honest and say you do not want your child to be near the Hispanic and black kids. Your argument for a high school is that your kids are around bad people from East Naples. I know many amazing students and parents that live in the manor. They are not there by choice, but circumstance. I also know a few less than positive role models that live on Marco. There is a drug and alcohol problem with many teenagers on Marco that has nothing to do with the kids from East Naples. They have the funds to get it and many parents that turn a blind eye to what their children are doing with a “Not my child” attitude. There were more fights and drug arrests at Gulf Coast when I was there than there are at Lely and that is a school some Marco kids are going to. There are also many role models at Lely and not all are from Marco.Lely did not get rid of guidance councilors; Dr. Thompson cut the counselors district wide at all levels. All the high school lost councilors. The ratio of student-councilor is the same at all the high school. Some may have 1 or 2 more at the school only because the student population is larger.My sons FCAT scores have gone down every year at the charter school even while he is an A student there. Do I think they are failing him? No. Determining the whole education experience on a school grade based on 1 test is short sided at best. I have worked at Naples, Barron, and Gulf Coast and can say that the curriculum, teaching methods and teaching effort is equal at Lely to all those schools. If you have specific problems with the education your daughter is receiving, if you have not already, go talk to the administration. Yell and scream until the issues are fixed. Go to the SAC meetings and tell them your issues. They are parents like you trying to make Lely a better place. I can see why your kids would hate to go to Lely listening to your bash it all the time. Parents need to be part of the solution not create more problems.
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