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Why can't schools learn?

The Duluth schools are failing to educate students with special needs. If a student does not meet an arbitrary standard for additional help, they do not receive it. Unfortunately these students struggle and become demoralized. This harms the student, the family and the community.

Private tutoring can help these students if the parents can afford it. Why can't the public schools learn and use these same techniques?

We need an education system that rewards outstanding teachers who excel in teaching students. I don't know if this is possible because of the unions. We also need to be able to encourage underperforming teachers and administrators to seek other professions or retire early.

Nothing is more important than to provide the best possible education for all students. It is a crime to do otherwise.

Students with poor grades are further penalized by being prohibited from sports and other extracurricular activities. It seems to me that having another platform where a student can excel and regain lost self-esteem is very important.

It doesn't seem right that the hands-on culinary and carpentry programs are offered only at East. I believe many Denfeld students could benefit from those programs.

Caroline Burley,