’s article on the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is deeply concerning for the gross inaccuracies and incomplete portrayal of the school [“In the Name of Ann Richards
,” News, Aug. 30]. As members of the executive committee of the Parent Teacher Student Association, we are writing to convey our full support for the school and its mission and our complete endorsement of and appreciation for the administration and the teaching staff.
’s reckless misrepresentation of the school does a disservice to the ARS community, to the AISD, and to the citizens of Austin who have worked collaboratively to integrate a proven learning community into the needs and goals of the district. That the school has registered such success in fulfilling its mission after only seven years in existence is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the students, teachers, staff, parents, community supporters, and to the vision and leadership of the district. We urge all Chronicle
readers to seek the truth about ARS by visiting www.annrichardsschool.org.
It is telling that the reporter for the Chronicle
did not contact a single member of the PTSA Executive Committee – a logical starting point to reach parents – for comment or corroboration of the allegations made. If he had, any one of us would have been delighted, as parents of current and former ARS middle school and high school students, to provide our insights, answer questions, clarify inaccuracies or reach out to other parents to share their views. We have history with the school, direct insight into the school, work closely with the staff and administration, and have dealt firsthand with the issues (transfers, mobility, homework, school culture, etc.) that were distorted or not fully explored in the article.
Your readers, the ARS community, and especially ARS students deserved better.
Suzy Searcy, Charles Foreman, Sarah Jeansonne, Shawn Mauser, Lori McClure, Melissa Saucedo
ARS PTSA Executive Committee members