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Why would anyone want their child to attend a D- School if they had the choice and means to send their chiled to any other school? Real world or not, Baron, Gulf Coast, Community School, anywhere that is not a D-School is a better choice, period. Ethnic background, non-english speaking students, have little to do with why many do not want their children going there. While yes, there are those that succeed, and succeed very well at Lely, there is simply to much wrong with the learning environment. And if there wasn't anything wrong with the learning environment at Lely, I believe Marco parents would in fact send there children there. Parents involved in raising their children with the means to drive them to another school are trying to simply provide the best education for their children to succeed in life. Marco's Track K is big enough for a school and yes there is currently a high school with not much particpation at this time, however, it has a much different model than say a Charter High School that would be run similar to Marco Middle. Thank goodness for school choice. If a Marco parent feels Lely is great for their child, then that is their choice and perogotive. If another wants to send their child elsewhere because of Lely's D grade, then that too is their choice. This is America, isn't it? While there will likely not be a school built on Tract K, it is a shame that Thompson and the school board just put their blinders on and can not imagine something other than another large school where our children are simply just another number lost in the thousands of students. I attended a very small school, with less than 75 students in my highschool graduation class. To this day, I would not trade a second of my education, in which I fealt I was part of a family, compared to be lost in the numbers where you don't even know your classmates. Sports where partipated in and enjoyed.
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