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Gallup Schools playing politics with great charter

As a parent, it is my goal to provide my son with an exceptional, well-rounded education to ensure he has the foundation for a successful future. Like most parents, we hope to send our children to schools that will enrich their lives, enhance their education and create positive learning environments. I have the ability to do so, as my son attends Middle College High School (MCHS) in Gallup. Throughout his time at MCHS, I have seen the incredible quality of education provided, as well as the benefit of individualized, student-centered learning.

MCHS is the school for parents who want their children to succeed. It is the only high school with an “A” rating in the district. It provides a top-notch education and opportunities to pursue higher education through a partnership with UNM-Gallup and Navajo Technical University. In addition to the “A” rating, our students continue to perform better and enter four-year institutions at higher rates than their peers. The staff and faculty are second to none, and the student population is diverse. It is an incredible environment for learning and prepares students for future success. This is all due to the commitment to providing a comprehensive education at MCHS.

For too long, the Gallup-McKinley School District has played politics with MCHS. This isn’t right, and it’s only hurting our students. Because of personal agendas, our school has been unfairly attacked and disciplined, despite the fact that MCHS has been consistently top-ranked statewide since its founding.

We are grateful for the Public Education Commission’s recent decision to accept the state charter request for Middle College High School. However, there is still more at stake for MCHS. Our school continues to face constant threats from the district to revoke our charter as we wait for our state charter to begin in July. It is demoralizing for our students and families, and it places the quality education our children enjoy in the crosshairs of an unfair threat. We cannot continue to wait in uncertainty until July when the future of our school hangs in the balance. It is beyond time that we put politics and corruption aside, and do what is right for the students of MCHS.

Our families are hopeful that an unbiased authority, such as the Public Education Commission, which understands the urgency of our situation, can intervene in a manner that shields our students from the political agenda of a district that seeks only to rob this high-performing school of its enrollment and funding. With continued threats to revoke the school prior to July 1, it is clear that the Gallup-McKinley County School District has no respect for the Public Education Commission’s decision. Someone needs to remind this district that students should not be regarded as political pawns, nor be reduced to mere dollar signs.

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