In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews.
Last week's question:
Do you think Dozier-Libbey Medical High School should be allowed to break away from Antioch Unified and become a charter school next year? Why or why not?
YES, AS LONG as there's responsible oversight, the autonomy from the school district can only be a benefit.
YES, I agree with them. Our school district has proved over and over that they fail our kids.
WHO CARES? Every school in Antioch Brentwood, Oakley and Pittsburg leaves a lot to be desired. When I have kids, I'm moving the heck out of this area -- then my kids would get a good education.
THE DISTRICT DOES not have the students' well-being in mind. All the district ever worries about is money and possible litigation. They are fearful of losing their cash cow -- Dozier. It is a shame they will not allow the students to play sports as they do now.
April Smith Phillips
YES, IT SHOULD. It would be beneficial to those who really want to learn. My son currently attends a charter school in Antioch and its academic structure is awesome.
ABSOLUTELY YES! DOZIER-LIBBEY should be allowed to become a charter school. As a member of the first graduating class, I received the benefits of its challenging projects and classes and am now thriving in college on my way to becoming a nurse.
I learned not only about medicine but about my limits, or lack thereof, in regards to succeeding in such a realistic environment of tough love. Before I graduated I noticed changes made by the district that lowered the difficulty and standards and forced DL to become more like the other schools that were not doing as well. If it continues to be changed by the district, Dozier-Libbey will no longer be able to provide the specialized and invaluable education it did in its earlier years.
This week's question:
How can schools get a handle on fights on campus? What consequences do you think should be metted out?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. or post on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.