Emerson students' hardships should be considered

Published: December 14, 2012
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Regarding “Work to go on despite school's failing grade” (News, Dec. 2): The warmth and compassion Principal Sherry Kishore, the faculty and staff at Emerson High School feel for their students doesn't just happen on occasion, but on a daily basis. Given their home environment, for a majority of those students the outpouring of that compassion is the only positive they encounter during the day. If hope were a gradable subject, Emerson would easily attain an A-plus! Hope is what Emerson instills in its students. With hope, one can dream, as do the young man who walks to Emerson every day in pursuit of his high school diploma and the young mother trying to concentrate on her studies while raising a child and eventually graduating, no matter if the culmination of her goal takes longer than the norm.

The lack of transportation, teenage pregnancy and other hardships aren't even acknowledged, it seems, by the state Department of Education when it comes to the classification of schools. It's a one-size-fits-all without any consideration for any of the above. I hope these parameters will be adequately addressed in the future.

Mark L. Reed, Newcastle