THE PATH FORWARD: The region must rally to fix the Dayton Public Schools
“That’s where it starts is parenting, and being involved with the kids at school and a lot of behavior, is why we don’t want him going to middle school or high school here,” Justin said.
Across town, next door to Fairview Elementary School, a 10-foot-tall sign congratulated Xyon Roberson on graduating from Ponitz Career Technology Center. Roberson said he wants to go to Wright State and study nursing because “I like helping people.”
“I’m glad he made it through,” said his mom, Valecia. “He stayed focused. He had a lot of support at home and at school so I’m very happy about it.”
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Some parents at Fairview had their complaints as well.
“The transportation system is horrible,” said Ladonna Bush as she waited for her second- and third-graders to exit Fairview.
“They want our kids to get an education, but I go to four schools every single day to drop my kids off. The buses that are supposed to come, they don’t show up on time or they don’t pick the kids up at all. And then my kids here they’re straight A students and honor roll, but this school is so messed up.”
Some spoke glowingly of the school.
“I love the school. My daughter is in after school programs. She loves it,” said Aaron Williams as he waited for his first-grader to emerge. “I really don’t have any complaints at all.”
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