School choice in Concord

To the Editor:

I support the right of citizens to pursue their cause through the democratic process. The cause, in this case, is school choice. However, the parents who want school choice for their children are trying to close the high school, thereby denying the choice of those who want to go to high school in Concord. If this isn't a double standard, I don't know what is.

According to the current enrollment numbers there will be 50 students in the high school for the 2012-2013 school year. Eight have indicated they want to go to a different school. That leaves 42 that would be denied their choice to stay in Concord High School if the high school is closed. The parents of the eight students can send their kids anywhere they want. The issue is that they want the town to pay for it. They have a right to work to that end, but, I think it is pure selfishness and spite to make the other 42 students suffer in the process.

I encourage all citizens to vote on March 6 at the Concord Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please be an informed voter. The facts are available from school directors and at the supervisory union office. Don't be misled by the information sent out by Concord Citizens for an Informed Community. Most of the information in their mailer is out of context, incomplete, wrong or biased opinion.

Thank you and please vote.

James Gochie

Concord, Vt.

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