My name is Camille Rodgers and I am the mother of seven children. My oldest is in college. I have been around and through the public school scene for a long time-some 16-plus years. Until two years ago we lived in Florida where there was an array of school choice options for my children’s education. I was so excited when my children were able to attend a private school through a corporate-sponsored scholarship program. It was such a blessing! The education my children were receiving was far and away superior to anything my children had experienced in the public school realm.
My husband took a job offer in North Carolina and two years ago we moved here. I began searching for the options available to North Carolinian school-aged children and was horrified at the absence of choices. Not only are there no scholarship opportunities nor vouchers for poorly performing schools, but even the magnet and charter schools were few and far between. We live in a rural area, and our only options are the public school or homeschooling. That’s all I can find.
I wrote the elected officials for my area and asked for their assistance. They essentially told me I didn’t have any options, and they weren’t interested in making any available. They told me they fully supported the public school system and would only be interested in promoting that agenda. I guess the education unions have deep pockets around here.
I went to enroll my elementary-aged children into the public school system here. I met with the principal and asked specific questions in regards to why the school’s math scores were going down and reading scores were remaining flat on the North Carolina School Report Card. She acted floored and said she didn’t know