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Dear Members of the Board of Education:
I am a Virginia resident and a strong supporter of our public schools. I appreciate the Board's efforts to make graduation rates a priority for Virginia high schools, but given the importance of producing graduates ready for college, work, and life, I'm writing to ask that you take a stronger stand.
We are now implementing school uniforms to help build self esteem and concentration on studies. It is unfortunate due to the area the kids live in, the way teachers are instructing or lifes circumstances causes students to fail and feel bad about themselves, and once they are revived and decide to make a change in their lives, society shouldn't be given the right to make them feel inferior .
Please increase the target to at least 90 points, OR adjust the graduation and completion index so that it gives schools more points for Standard and Advanced Diplomas and fewer points for all alternative diplomas and other credentials. I am especially concerned about the points awarded to certificates of program completion. There is no evidence that they provide any benefit to students.
I'd like to ask that you ensure the new standards provide:
Thank you for your consideration. I hope you'll do all that you can to increase the number of students who successfully graduate ready to fulfill their greatest potential.
Mary S. Howard
119 Shore Street, Petersburg, Va. 23803
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