Friday, January 27, 2012

Open Letter: Vicki Schmer

I am extremely concerned and quite frankly....angry...about this truancy law. I have a child with a chronic health condition and, like it or not, he misses school from time to time. Should I have sent him to school with RSV and a temp of 105.4 or risk going to jail? I know this is completely over simplifying this issue. I will rally every single person and parent that I know to get this repealed.

The hemorrhaging of students in northwest Omaha's OPS district is unbelievable and my family is one of those moving elsewhere. We would rather lose money on our homes than lose our children to a school district that would rather think of itself as a welfare business. 

Parents need to stand up and let people know that we will not be pushed aside. I honestly think there are lots of people who are concerned about this, but have no idea what to do to address the issue. Circle the wagons....the parents are coming!!!

Vicki Schmer
Omaha Public Schools
Omaha, NE

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