Vail Daily letter: What a race
Vail, CO, Colorado
There was a wonderful article in the Denver Post regarding the Denver School of Science and Technology. It was authored by Jeremy Meyer, and just reading it made my day! I can only hope that my reiteration of some of his data will do the same for you.
The above-mentioned charter school in Denver, the Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan and the Clark Montessori High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, are the three finalists in a national competition that is a part of “Race to the Top.” But the real story has to do with their unique credentials.
Beginning with the Denver School of Science and Technology: Of its 431 students, 40 percent are white, 31 percent black and 26 percent are Latino. Thirty-four percent of the students are eligible for federal meal benefits. And wow! Every one of the seniors has been accepted at a four-year college, and half of them will be the first in their families to go.
Of the 1,544 students at Kalamazoo Central, 52 percent are black and 39 percent are white. Forty-nine percent of them are eligible for federal meal benefits. For the record, the school has sent 91 percent of its seniors on to college since 2006.
And of the 447 students at Clark Montessori High School, 46 percent are black and 44 percent are white. Thirty-three percent of them are eligible for federal meals. And amazingly, every one of the graduating class is expected to go to college. A third of them will be the first members of their families to do so.
The school that is finally selected as the winner will be honored by having Mr. Obama speak at their commencement ceremony. And whether or not you happen to admire our president, I think you’ll agree that having him there to recognize their achievements will be a most memorable experience for the school and the graduates. I personally say hurrah for all of them and hurrah for him!
David Le Vine