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  •  I'm a special ed teacher in a CT urban school (5+ / 0-)

    Thursday we had the 6th graders rat out one of their own for bringing in pot, which she then hid (and don't think we teachers thought about really giving search ;), and a third grader brought in some of his mommy's wine in a water bottle.

    Last week every grade took online reading/math practice test for the Common Core/CMT test. They, and the teachers have never been exposed to this kind of question. We're set up to fail.

    My school's town, Bridgeport, is surrounded by incredible wealth on all sides - it's referred to as The Gold Coast. However, my students don't leave their neighborhood. One reason is that each area is controlled by a different gang, and everybody knows everybody else. You know that grafitti you see in urban areas? That's gang language for "this is our territory." The other is lack of time, money, transportation or fear of suburbia. There is a mall, but security is an issue. The local movie theater? They just found body in the woods.

    I work in a 100 year old brick school which 25 kids crammed in hot rooms (even in the winter - steam heat). When I vote at my local elementary school (the towns border each other), I walk into a huge, sky filled atrium with artwork, furniture, and state of the art everything everywhere. It breaks my heart.

    The only help we get (excluding Greenwich hedge fund $ for charter takeover), is this church.

    Thank you, Unitarian Church of Westport. You demonstrate love and community support with respect.

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