Sports facility funds could go to better use
In Maureen Downey’s column (“College out of reach,” Metro, Sept. 12), Downey points out a condition that has been a concern of mine for years: that of disparity among schools between districts of different financial possibilities. By an interesting coincidence, the top Op-Ed column in the New York Times today features the same situation in schools in Connecticut, where a state judge issued a ruling requiring the state to fix the system, basing the funding for schools on school need and sound educational practices and standards to provide effective education, with terms of teacher employment that would better enhance education. In Georgia, this will mean a stiffening of the spine for the legislature to step up to the challenge of fair taxation and equitable distribution of funds.
Downey also points out the underlying factor of family poverty, which is a different matter. But why not divert some of the large sums devoted to sports facilities toward improving neighborhoods and including after-school opportunities for young people?
MARY ELIZABETH ETHERIDGE, ATLANTA
School takeovers should be partnerships
I would be more inclined to vote for the “school takeover” amendment if it were a “school partnership” amendment that said that the state would partner with and assist failing schools in any way possible. That way, they could perhaps address some of the root causes of school failure, such as the life circumstances of the students. I don’t have any sense right now that this is what they intend to do in the takeovers.
NANCY ZIMMERMAN, BLUE RIDGE