|Comment Period||Ended on 11/5/2008|
Dear Members of the Board of Education:
As President of the Charlottesville regional chapter of the National Organization for Women, as a mother of two children who attended public schools and who are now in college, as a Virginia resident, and as a strong supporter of our public schools for all our students, I write to ask you to make graduation rates matter.
Graduation rates are one of your priorities which we appreciate for
This organization has a purpose to "bring women into full participation in American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities in equal partnership with men includ[ing] equal rights and responsibilities in all aspects of citizenship, public service, employment, education and family life...[and] freedom from discrimination because of race, ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual preference/orientation, or parenthood.” and we have goals to;
Changing Cultural Attitudes and Images -
Improving the Economic Status of Women -
Eliminating Racism and Protecting Minority Rights -
Please increase the target for the graduation index 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.
Individual students need to receive appropriate supports to reach their potentials; all the communities and the Commonwealth as a whole will benefit from incentives to provide the needed supports to ensure the maximum possible graduate with regular diplomas to help they be ready to fulfill their greatest potential.
Charlottesville National Organizatoin for Women (CNOW)