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Chancellor Gray-Little supports schools

February 9, 2010

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Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has sent a letter to Lawrence Superintendent Rick Doll voicing support for neighborhood schools in Lawrence.

Gray-Little said all public institutions are facing challenges during the state’s fiscal crisis. The Lawrence district is considering how to cut $4 million to $5 million. One option on the table is closing elementary schools.

In the letter dated Friday, Gray-Little said KU benefits from two English as a second language “cluster sites” at Hillcrest and Cordley schools. She also said the university has a strong interest in ensuring neighborhoods around campus remain attractive to families, which aids in recruitment.

Gray-Little also said student achievement is related to school size and that neighborhood schools help address challenges.

“As you deliberate, I ask that you take into account the value of neighborhood schools to the community, the university, and most importantly the students of Lawrence,” Gray-Little wrote.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

It was an excellent letter emphasizing that quality elementary schools are an attraction for new KU staff members and parents seeking higher degrees. This point was supported by a number of parents at the school board meeting Monday night.

FYI - a group of parents with some accounting background to a hard look at the budget and discovered about $5 million in potential savings and revenues. It has been submitted to the board for approval. The numbers seemed legitimate and within reason.

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OreadHawk 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank Your Chancellor, for your 2 cent. parents wanting to pursue a good education for their kid will make sure they get in the right programs at the right time. having to many schools all over only caters to the dead beat parents who are are to lazy to look into what the kids need . its only a matter of connivance.

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Thinking_Out_Loud 4 years, 2 months ago

Shardwurm opines from the doubtful assumption that Chancellor Gray-Little's personal interests, the University's mission-oriented interests, Lawrence's community interests, and Shardwurm's own personal interests are divergent.

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oneeye_wilbur 4 years, 2 months ago

Hmmm, I wonder who twisted her arm. I would hope that the Chancellor had crafted a better response for support of Lawrence schools. Since she works for a non paying property tax employer, it makes funding even more difficult for public schools.

I think she has been bamboozled into this. I had high hopes for this woman, but this is an issue she should stay away from, and especially since she only talks about Cordley and Hillcrest(or the paper only printed part of the letter?).

Why isn't some of this diversity that is promoted at Hillcrest spread to Kennedy or New York? Something is amiss here.

Please Chancellor Gray-Little, keep away from the politics of Lawrence, these people will do you in. They did it to Hemenway, they did it to Chalmers!

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jemerson 4 years, 2 months ago

oops! I misspelled releaved in my last comment.. it should be relieved Need those teachers!

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jemerson 4 years, 2 months ago

Hillcrest and Cordley are top notch schools and Lawrence would suffer greatly without them. My two children went to Hillcrest and I can't imagine a more talented group of teachers in Lawrence, but I'm sure that there are many here that equal. We must all take a step back and reevalute this situation as it benefits all of us to keep these schools and to provide them what they need to flourish. I'm releaved that the Chancellor is bringing her opinion to the table and initiating dialogue at this time.

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Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 2 months ago

JohnDa (Anonymous) says…

Someone get Shardwurm his meds. You may not like KU, but I would hate to see what Lawrence would be without it.

Wihtout KU, Lawrence would be a pit stop between Topeka and Kansas City.

And Shardwurm would live someplace else. I'd venture to guess for every job that is directly tied to KU there are 10 jobs in the community that go along with it.

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JohnDa 4 years, 2 months ago

Someone get Shardwurm his meds. You may not like KU, but I would hate to see what Lawrence would be without it.

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persevering_gal 4 years, 2 months ago

Shardwurm,

While we (students) may have to pay for things that play no part of our daily routine, you have the right to voice your opinion to the University by taking action. KU has one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation compared to other Division I institutions. For the excellent education that I am receiving at KU, I find the tuition rate generous as apposed to many other respected research institutions in the country.

I found the letter to be speaking on behalf of the interest of KU. How would it benefit Gray-Little and Gray-Little alone? KU plays a large role in contributing to the economics of Lawrence. Perhaps getting your facts before you speak, rather than speaking of opinion or of rumors, is of prior interest for you. It was your choice to attend KU, so who is at fault for paying the every last dime?

Thank you, Chancellor for stepping up.

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leedavid 4 years, 2 months ago

The Chancellor of a major university supports schools????? WOW! What a surprise.

What she needs to send is a check not a letter. Letters they have, its money they need.

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Robert Rauktis 4 years, 2 months ago

Pro-education status quo...now that's a surprise.

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jonearle 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Chancellor! KU recognizing the importance of the neighborhoods encircling the university in terms of recruitment and retention of top graduate students and faculty is truly heartening. Closing Cordley, Hillcrest, Pinkney or any neighborhood school makes it harder for KU to do its job: educating Kansans and doing top-flight research.

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Shardwurm 4 years, 2 months ago

Ok...let me get this straight...the Chancellor representing one of the biggest scams in the country - The Education Industry - who should be wearing a mask and carrying a gun to symbolize how much her organization is robbing the middle-class, is going to tell the community how to do business. Of course she wants the neighborhoods to be attractive to families so it enhances recruitment. How else are they going to twist every last dime out of us?

No thanks. We should now do exactly opposite of what she says...as she is speaking only in her own interest.

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