Reasons No. 487 and 826 Why Parents Don't Send Their Children to Dallas Public Schools
But there were a few uncomfortable moments, such as: Several parents at my son's District 1 elementary school wanted to know why, for instance, Dr. Kyle Renard, a pediatrician with one son in private school and another in Townview, had told The Dallas Morning News last week she couldn't recommend parents send their kids to DISD: "People are very loath to take a risk with their children. ...We have to prove to them it's not a risk [to put their children in public schools]. Right now, I can't tell them that." Some parents believe it's precisely that sentiment that has parents keeping their children out of Dallas public schools -- well, that and stories like this morning's piece about 48 percent of fifth-graders not being ready for middle school.
So, where were we? Oh, yes. Why Kyle Renard can't recommend DISD to parents. On Tuesday, The News -- which has endorsed Flores -- ran a letter to the editor condemning Renard's statement ("reckless disregard for the type of thoughtful deliberation that is required for the culturally and academically diverse student population that makes up District 1") and damning her as "incompetent." Last night, she sent Unfair Park her response to that letter. It follows after the jump. So go -- bell's ringing.
Letter to DMN Editor 10-21-09