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No statistical data to back up Chatham school reorganization plans

By John Pickett
Posted Friday, February 11, 2011

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Silk Hope, NC - Here is a copy of an email I sent to Mr. Robert Logan and the school board requesting some changes to the "facts" that he is presenting on Monday night. I find it interesting that he sent out an email to all of the teachers stating that he didn't want to hear this become about 'one school being better than the other' and then in his presentation he plans to state that in Chatham County "middle schools, our students become more prepared for the transition to high school".

Isn't that a bit of an insult to the K-8 middle school teachers?

He provides no statistical data from Chatham County schools to back up this statement. He's just throwing a statement of opinion out as facts. Isn't he doing exactly what he emailed the Chatham County schools employees against? Here is the email I sent and I urge others to express their feelings about these statements to Mr. Logan before these unfounded statements are presented on Monday night.

Mr. Logan,

Thank you for posting a rough draft of Monday's presentation. I have read the entire document and I am hurriedly reading many of the citations. There is a wealth of information here. However, there are a few statements that I would recommend be removed from the presentation. I found the following statements made about Chatham County schools to be made without merit.

"Even now, the K-8 schools struggle to schedule and operate properly."

"The wide range of ages in K-8 schools can result in increased bullying of older to younger students."

"In middle schools, our students become more prepared for the transition to high school."

Nowhere in the presentation did I read any facts or data that substantiate these claims about Chatham County schools. These statements were listed in the section that was specifically about Chatham County. Therefore I would strongly advise including evidence of support to these statements or, otherwise, I deeply believe it ethical to remove these statements.

Thank you,
John Pickett

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