Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

February 14, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — All should attend public schools

I think everyone, including me, is concerned about helping our public schools.

The only way our public schools are going to have any serious improvement is for every student in our nation be required by law to attend a public school until that student is 16 years of age, no exceptions. This includes the children of the seriously rich families like the Vanderbilts, the Kennedys, the Roosevelts, and the presidential Bushes who send their kids to "exclusive" private college prep schools. Private "exclusive" schools, religious schools, and "basketball schools" should be outlawed until a child has attended a public school until the child is 16 years of age.

If the wealthy and influential families had to attend public schools, then the public schools will be improved. If the wealthy and influential families can continue to buy their way into "exclusive" schools, then the public schools will continue to decline.

Private schools are just a modern form of segregation, only with the private schools the rich can not only keep out the blacks but they can keep their families away from hillbillies like me.

Let’s face facts. If one of the Vanderbilt heirs comes home with a bloody nose because someone took their lunch money, something will be done about it. School safety and discipline will be improved. Principles, teachers and school boards cannot ignore complaints from influential families like they can from the rest of us.

If we are really going to improve our public schools, then poor school performance has to affect everyone, not just the poor and middle class.

Randall K. McGlone,Grayson

PHP to award 3 scholarships

In  honor and memory of Leon Tackett, People Helping People’s founder and past president, PHP’s board of directors established a yearly scholarship program: The Leon Tackett Memorial Scholarship. This year three local high school seniors will receive a one-time gift of $500 to help with tuition, books, fees and  other school-related expenses.

High school seniors from four area high schools are eligible to apply for this scholarship program: Boyd County High School,  East Carter High School, West Carter High School and Greenup County High School. One scholarship will be awarded to a student in each of the three counties.

To be eligible, students must be a graduating senior, have a minimum grade point average of 2.0, show financial need, not be related to anyone affiliated with People Helping People Inc, and return  the completion scholarship application to their school’s guidance counselor by April 30.

High school seniors from the four high schools may pick up applications in their guidance counsellors’ office. Recipients will be notified in May.

John Jenkins, director, People Helping People

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