Gwynedd: You funny, girl.
Eric, thanks for working so hard to describe in a nuanced and balanced way two perspectives on a very complex issue. I’ve gotta admit that I winced a bit at the (necessary) juxtaposition of Old Fourth Ward and Candler Park, because I worry that readers will end up with the impression that we’re largely at odds.
In case folks got that impression: I don’t think it’s the case -- or at least it need not be. Many residents (including me) of Candler Park, Inman Park, Va-Hi, Morningside and other Grady neighborhoods are advocating for Hope-Hill to be included for the first time in the Inman MS cluster, which is one of the top aims of O4W as well.
We share much more than the points we differ on. It's in the interests of the Grady cluster for all its feeder schools to be as good as possible, for example. And it's more than piety to say that it's in all Atlantans' interest for all students to have the opportunity for a good education.
I’m not trying to gloss over some difficult differences. But working together on shared solutions is bound to provide better results than everyone digging in their heels and end-rounding each other to try to get every single thing they want. Over the last couple of weeks, there have been heartening efforts to build a consensus, including the Voices for a Renewed Grady cluster petition ( http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/rene… ), which also advocates for Hope-Hill to be included at Inman.
Those involved in these cross-neighborhood discussions hope Superintendent Davis allows some space in an admittedly tight process for consensual, grassroots solutions to develop: Ultimately, parental and neighborhood involvement will be crucial to making any plan work, anyway, so buy-in's a big deal.
One clarification: I didn’t mean to imply that I was worried that Mary Lin would close. That’s not going to happen. I am concerned though that Lin could be broken up in a way that would harm the great environment that’s taken years to build over there. APS faces too many challenges; it can't afford to create new ones by jeopardizing its successes.
Hey, that's my bug-eyed alien! I've been looking ALL OVER for him.
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