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Impressed with seniors

Recently I volunteered to be a member of a panel whose job it was to listen and evaluate senior presentations at Mead High School as well as Mead Educational Alternative Division. It is a graduation requirement that every senior successfully complete a portfolio that includes a transition plan from school to work or further education.

After listening to many seniors present their work, I feel compelled to assert my opinion of the high quality of education taking place in public schools today. Contrary to the “buzz” often touted that public schools are failing, I found clear evidence that public schools are doing an excellent job producing engaged and productive graduates who are the workforce and leaders of tomorrow.

Congratulations to the graduating seniors and to the teachers, staff and engaged adults who worked diligently to support their learning. High-quality public education is a cornerstone of democracy and is worthy of our support.

Mary Kay Gerards



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