Parents Can Change The Public Education System

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Looking through the historical lens of public education reminds us that many of the challenges citizens faced were overcome through the tenacious efforts of parents.  Parents moved to education their children with religious freedom and won.  Immigrant parents desired their children to retain traditional language and cultural characteristics.  They fought and won. 

Recent issues in Hamilton County’s special education are complex.  The lens is foggy and hard to see through.  Why?  The credentials of professionals are marginalized, i.e. Meece, PhD. 

Regardless, I am amazed at the strength and perseverance of Luke Hyde’s parents.  They have steadfastly maintained through this struggle for a free and appropriate education for their child.  Many would have given up against mounting pressures from a district’s team. You haven’t.  Don’t stop.  Your efforts matter and success on the part of parental efforts have been proven time and again throughout public education’s history.   

Esther Taj Clark
Chattanooga



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