To Tina, you are wrong in saying that the schools in the more affluent parts of town are better, they just meet the needs of the children that attend there. Apparently you are not familiar with all the changes that they have made at Longley School to improve teaching skills and offer many many more programs that adjust to the special needs of the children that attend there. Not to mention how they go at great lengths to help parents help their own children. There is also a clinic located at that elementary school that there is not in any other school. Longley at this point is better equipped and better funded to meet the needs of low income and immigrant families. Shuffling the kids around may actually decrease the amount of programs available to them because they are not offered as extensively in the other schools. As for the name calling don't worry I not only have a big mouth I have big shoulders. Just be careful because it sounds like you may have the same attitude about the middle-class. If you are a parent of LPS students I encourage you to attend the meeting at your child's school, a notice will be sent home.
Although this article shows a few sides of why we should be making these changes it does not show all possible outcomes or scenerios. I was raised on Blake St. in Lewiston most of my childhood, my parents were Canadian immigrants, which I guess that would have made me an ELL student. From grades 1 through 8 I attended a private school. My parents were hard working people, my mother worked in a shoe shop and my dad worked for at the time Pioneer Plastics. The majority of my peers at school came from prominent neighborhoods and for the most part had parents who were well educated individuals and had good paying professions. I say all this to say this, it was hard going to school with kids who always had more than me, who had nicer and more expensive clothing than me, who at Christmas time got all the big new toys. To me it was just an added stress in trying to get a good education. At times it made me feel that even though my parents were doing their best their best was inadequate compared to the lifestyle my fellow classmates could have. The thought of evening out the poverty and ELL students ratio in our schools is very unnecessary to me. Who is it going to help, the children who now are placed in a particular school because of their families socioeconomic standings and language diversity, or the parents of students who cannot or can keep up with the Jones'? Could the overcrowding be resolved by the redistricting of a few streets?