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Giving our Public Schools Grades is an Act of the Ignorant!

I just read that five Buncombe County Schools have gotten "D's on their Report Card.  Grading schools is another slap in the face for professional educators from thee very people who should be supporting them.  

It is also a testament to the failure of our Republican controlled General Assembly to grasp what really goes on in our schools. My opponent, Senator Chuck Edwards made a point of congratulating Henderson County on their LEA's performance. Pretty hollow when he has no idea what a successful school looks like ... and that has nothing to do with a grade from a legislative body that continues to under fund our children.

Let me tell you what I know as a career educator. I know that some of the finest work going on in our public schools happens at our high poverty schools ... our most dedicated teachers ... our strongest school leaders labor tirelessly to help children grow, which seems of little importance to Chuck Edwards.


Sadly, our ill informed legislators, like Chuck Edwards, fail to connect the dots and provide per pupil economic support to our children. Legislators think, foolishly, that the only thing our teachers care about is pay. WRONG! They care about kids. They care about the ones who have no books at home. They care about the kids who need to take back packs filled with food home because there isn't enough food there. They care about kids who worry that they (or their mother or father) will be deported without warning. They worry about the economic challenges at home and keeping a roof over their head. They care about the terribly underfunded mental health support our schools desperately need.


Teachers at schools, whether they score an A or an F, are there because they believe that they can help children grow to be good citizens, because they have the temerity to believe that their loving words can help a child feel safe, welcome, and wanted when they walk in the building. Absent those three ... many children would be at school without hope.  


I am proud to say that I was an educator for 44 years. Our public schools have my unbridled support and, if elected, I will always put our kids first and take care of the professional educators and the para-professionals who care for the kids.


Bossert for State Senate
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