From Australia, A Message for the DISD Trustees: Do Not Close Bonham Elementary
|From David Abbey's postcard from the DISD|
Late last night, a note from Abbey arrived in the in-box. He's heard all about the Dallas Independent School District's looking to close, or "consolidate," Bonham -- this, despite its status as one of the district's rare jewels without "academy" or "magnet" or "vanguard" in its title. Abbey sends this note:
Without a doubt James B. Bonham Elementary was the outstanding school I visited and researched. Their results over 10 years of above-state average results from a disadvantaged area are unheard of in Australia and the reason I invited the principal, Ms. Sandra Fernandez, and teacher mentor Mr. Rogelio Garcia to visit our school and conduct training sessions for two weeks with many other schools in July this year in Sydney, Australia.He also dispatched his "Postcard from USA & Canada," in which he documented his visit. The first school about which he writes is Bonham, and he does so at great length. Read the missive on the other side. Uws North America Article Smaller Pics
James B. Bonham Elementary School is a lighthouse school of international best practices in quality teaching and learning. It must continue to provide the very best educational opportunities for its students and local community. It cannot be closed.