AISD Has Not Sought Dialogue

RECEIVED Tue., April 29, 2008

Dear Editor,
    As a card-carrying Johnston High PTA and all-sports booster member, I can assure you no one with the Austin Independent School District or Johnston sent any notice to parents of any AISD board meeting to discuss the closure of our school ["Naked City,” News, April 25]. AISD has not sought to establish a dialogue with Johnston parents.
    This has resulted in the apparent assumption that parents don't care, and our kids aren't trying. Recently, the Johnston High track team had a couple of members travel to Huntsville to compete against the very best of other 4-A schools throughout the state. These students' successes, like many other untold success stories at Johnston, do not happen by accident. They happened because parents, teachers, and students are doing the best they can to work in partnership to guarantee student success.
    Yes, there are success stories coming out of Johnston High, but the media focuses on the negative. AISD could really help out JHS by helping foster more successes.
    It's not the walls at Johnston that make it a failure, and transferring out students and closing the doors will not magically make Johnston High students better. There is not a mold problem at Johnston that causes failure. Unfortunately, many working-class parents at Johnston do not honestly know how to help their kids be academically successful. With the closure of Johnston, all you'll get is former Johnston High students failing at their new high schools.
Felipe Garza
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