Juneau's schools can lead the nation with graduation standards

Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

In Monday’s Empire, I read with great hope and encouragement, “JSD may change graduation requirements” - Jan. 24, 2011.

As parents, we encourage our children to pursue their dreams; whether that’s through college or other post-secondary education and training. It is important we, as parents and leaders, give the youth of our state the tools they need to be successful in life. The recent Juneau School District’s Graduation Readiness Task Force recommendations give the students of Juneau hope that they will be prepared to meet our state and other state’s college entrance requirements to achieve their goals and receive their desired level of education.

We live in a country where our children are blessed to have access to a post-secondary education if they so choose. The proposed changes to the graduation requirements are much needed and will benefit the local district, the State of Alaska, and our country. School district Assistant Superintendent Laury Scandling pointed out this is not just a Juneau issue, but a national and international issue as well. Let’s take this opportunity to lead the nation and correct this issue that is hurting our leaders of tomorrow.

Rep. Anna Fairclough

House District 17

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