Algebra Project students demand a better education
Students from the Algebra Project were at the city school board meeting on Tuesday night asking the board to sign a Student Bill of Rights. The students say they deserve a better education.
They say the city's school buildings are crumbling, the school bathrooms don't have soap and paper towels and the school lunches aren't edible. They also said there aren't enough textbooks, a problem that was rampant a decade ago, but was supposed to be fixed. They said they had written a letter to Mayor Sheila Dixon and wanted the board to sign it as well. "The students are not going to stand around and watch our buildings crumble along with our education," one student told the board.
The city school board welcomed them to the meeting, but didn't sign the petition. The chair of the board, Neil Duke, said he didn't want to wait for legislative action. "Let's fix the problems you just highlighted," he said.
Duke took the three leaders, one each from Poly, Civitas and Heritage High, into the hall and arranged to meet them later to hear a more detailed account of the issues they say they are having.
It will be interesting to see if the students can get their issues taken care of and whether they begin to understand better what power the board has or doesn't have over crumbling buildings.