Make education equal for everyone
In 2016, over 1 million people were living in Montgomery County, with an average household annual income of over $90,000 dollars. For the most part, Democrats hold most of the significant governmental positions throughout the county. It also should be noted that Montgomery County is a sanctuary jurisdiction.
First off, all students, in my estimation, should be given the opportunity to receive an adequate education regardless of ZIP code, and I do not want to argue whether or not a sanctuary environment is a good or bad system. However, I do wish to point out in this letter that public education challenges exist because of the inability of most elected and hired public servants to adequately serve all the people included in the sanctuary policies they promote.
Around a decade ago, Montgomery County schools were considered to be the best in Maryland; however, since then, according to the website schooldigger.com, they have regressed and are now ranked seventh in the state. This precipitous drop can and should be attributed to the fact that sanctuary jurisdictions lure in many Hispanic people who are hampered by the fact that English is not their primary language.
Folks, here are the facts: This ranking system lists 163 high schools throughout Maryland, and 18 Montgomery County high schools are listed.
The top eight county high schools are ranked 14th through 80th and are predominantly non-minority schools. Nine of the next 10 schools are with rankings from 95th through 141st and one of the most significant factors in their low ranking is probably that minorities comprise over 50 percent of the student body. I believe that some of the elected and hired educational public servants in Montgomery County work feverishly toward improving the lives of all of the students they teach. May God bless them.
So, what is to be done?
Sanctuar y jurisdictions, as long as they exist, should always protect all inhabitants with dignity and provide the children with the necessary educational tools that will assist them in the future. If you welcome them, then you should embrace them. Where do we look for changes? I believe people who reside in Montgomery County should look at their elected and hired leaders and demand that their policies not be used as a popular vote-getter, but as a compassionate system of governance where children receive the same education regardless of their ZIP code.
Finally, in Montgomer y County, rich elite progressives live in protected sanctuar y areas where they receive a quality public education while poor children live in crime-infested areas with substandard education. I believe that sometimes elected leaders pass legislation with good intentions; however, they fail to follow through on their promises to the most vulnerable. Government officials should make education equal for all. After all, we are the people.
John Petralia, Sunderland