Letters to the Editor

Parental involvement ‘key element’ in achieving student success

Regarding the May 23 news article “5 ways to boost bright low-income students”: As an educator with over 40 years’ experience in a variety of school districts and educational institutions, I have read the series “Counted Out” with great interest.

However, I would like to point out that the latest part of the series has overlooked a key element: parental involvement.

One of the best ways to have a child succeed academically – regardless of race or income level – is to become personally involved in his or her education. Make time to visit the teacher and ask simply and politely, “How can I help my child succeed?” This may or may not involve a huge commitment on the parents’ part, but the results can be tremendous.

Sandra Reul


Questions over Sunday issue

Regarding the May 18 news article “Pastors urge public schools not to hold graduations on Sundays”: After reading the article concerning efforts to cease holding graduations and opening businesses on Sunday mornings, I have some questions for the pastors:

Do worshippers or clergy not miss attending services for other reasons, such as sports, vacation, illness or travel? Should businesses in predominantly Jewish communities be forced to close on Saturday? Regardless of when an event takes place, someone will be inconvenienced to attend. Why is this inconvenience less important? Should all work cease on Sunday? Where would church attendees go for breakfast after the service?

Steven Shapiro

Wake Forest

Governor’s School cuts a ‘great blow’

Regarding the May 21 news article “Alums appeal to keep state funds for summer program”: The Governor’s School of North Carolina was founded by Gov. Terry Sanford in 1963 and, as the first institution of its kind in the nation, has proudly served academically gifted students from across North Carolina for the past 54 years, establishing North Carolina as an educational trailblazer. It is an institution that adds texture and meaning to the lives of dynamic young people.

However, the proposed budget passed by the North Carolina Senate would eliminate public funding for the Governor’s School and its ability to enhance the lives of students from across the state.

The Governor’s School continues to be a sound investment for the state’s taxpayers. This institution has changed the lives of thousands of students, and these alumni have distinguished themselves as engaged citizens and vital leaders of the state and nation. The loss of such a unique and transformative public program as the Governor’s School would be a great blow to North Carolina students, families, schools and communities.

Zach Ward

Chapel Hill