After reading about the closure of the Juneau-Douglas High School auto shop program, I cannot help but think of the Juneau School District's inability to look out for the best interest of the children of Juneau.
The School Board and superintendent are worried about a new high school that was not needed in the first place, continuing to play out the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" thing and looking out for their own best interest instead of for the children of Juneau. I am sure that the University of Alaska Southeast informed the district of its wishes long before it became an issue.
Not all students are college material, and courses such as auto shop offer an alternative to those students to learn a trade, as well as prevent students that are not college material from dropping out of school.
It is time for the School Board and the superintendent to get tough on UAS and tell them that if they do not allow the auto shop program to continue where it is that the district will no longer accept any Masters of Art in Teaching students into the classrooms of the Juneau School District.
The district needs to act now; and if it doesn't, get rid of Superintendent Peggy Cowan and the School Board and get people that care about Juneau's children.
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