2008-10-09 / Letters

SF Education Association Willing To Cooperatea

To The Editor:

The community deserves to hear the other side of the story behind early college credits at Southern Fulton High School.

The early college program at SFHS has been available to students since 2005. Southern Fulton Education Association members and Southern Fulton School District administration both saw the valuable opportunities available for our students and worked together with Allegany College of Maryland to offer English, speech and psychology either before or after school.

Since 2005, a total of 24 students were able to take an English or speech class and 22 students took psychology. These students earned 3 to 9 college credits before high school graduation depending on how many classes they were able to take.

Southern Fulton Education Association supports the efforts at the district level to incorporate the Allegany College of Maryland classes into the regular school-day schedule at SFHS because it will make the classes available to even more students.

So what is the problem?

The Southern Fulton Education association made several attempts prior to the end of the last school year to hold a discussion with the district administration concerning dual enrollment - all to no avail.

On April 21, 2008, a request was made to discuss the details of dual enrollment.

On May 16, 2008, a second request was made.

On May 19, 2008, a verbal request was made. The association was told there were no updates concerning dual enrollment.

On May 30, 2008, the association was asked for its "official position." A final attempt was made to engage in a discussion and to review any proposals in regard to dual enrollment. The district did not respond.

The Southern Fulton Education Association needs to make this clear. We support dual enrollment. We encourage our students to take as many classes as possible. Sincerely, Karen Solomon Southern Fulton Education Association President

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