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Is it not a sad reality that schools were not created equally in terms of fundings, quality of teachers, parent involvement, etc? No matter what schools our children happen to attend, the level of quality in education should be no different then any other schools in the county. But we all know that's not the reality that we face. I was born/raised in the heart of downtown Wilmington. I received my education from Williston and New Hanover High School (Go class of 93'!!). I went on to graduate from UNCW, Cameron School of business. My husband and I have imprinted in the minds/hearts of our children the importance of education. I can understand where the parents of Echo Farms are coming from. We currently live in the Cary, NC area. Our 11th grader is a straight A/B honor roll student with an interest in the medical field. Our 10th grader is an A/B Honors student, plays in the marching band with an interest in architect. Our 6th grader is an aspiring writer with an interest in Ministry. The very thought of my children being bused to a school like "Hillside" would be a NO NO!! It's running rampant with gangs, drugs, fights, poor performance, you name it. The principal had to resign because his efforts were diminished by parents who tolerated the disruptive behavior of their children. I place the blame on the parents, for the lack of GOOD parenting. I am not prejudiced.. since I am a proud African-American woman. I just want what every other parent would want for their children, a good start in life. That start ends and begins with my children receiving the best education there is in a safe/nurturing environment. It's not about color/race/gender/class.. I believe that ALL children should have access to high quality education.. But as stated earlier, it starts at home with the parents. This pollutant behavior spills over into the schools making the jobs of our teachers that much harder. Resulting in good teachers leaving the schools/children that really need them the most. I say to all parents, never give up in the fight for your children's education. Let your voice be heard. Cassie
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