By Patricia Levesque
As a parent of two school-age children, I know how important this time of year is. With vacations behind us and the summer pleasures of cookouts and camps coming to an end, my family and I have turned our attention to the school year ahead. We are ready!
It’s my fervent hope that in the coming weeks, all children will start school in an environment where they will learn and thrive. Yet I know that will not be the case. Parents who have no options for their children may be sending them into crowded classrooms with overburdened teachers and into another year of slipping below grade-level learning where they risk giving up and dropping out—a likely path to a dismal future.