My home is redistributed to Lynch Elementary School from Lincoln in the newly proposed redistrubuting plan by Winchester school committee. I was so shocked when I heard this, I cannot even sleep well since then. How could this happen to our community?
You may wonder why I reacted so angrily with a simple redistrubuting plan? Well, let me explain the details of this redistributing story.
First of all, several simple facts:
- Our neighbourhood is truly walkable to both Muraco and Lincoln elementary, and our community has historically been these two school districts for hundred years. We are at least 1.5 miles away from Lynch, no need to mention the two major streets, Swanton and Main street, the railroad, Aberjouna river in between. These factors all put tremendous safety and health threats on our childen.
- Lynch Elementary failed to meet state standards for Adequate Yearly Progress for two straight years. Lynch parents were allowed to transfer their children to another district earlier this school year. Ultimately, four children transferred to Lincoln in January 2012 from Lynch Elementary. These children who reside in the Lynch district will be allowed to remain at Lincoln. However our kids have been forced to go to this only poorly rated school in town!
- The RAC members are heavily overlapped with the school committe members. Many of the RAC members work or live in town, have children or their friends have children. Isn't there strong bias when they make the decision?
Just by looking at the final redistributing map, we cannot help thinking why moving our community to this only poorly rated school, however other privileged communities stay untouched and have access to much better school and educational resources?
-Rui Wu of Winchester