Parents remain concerned over Istrouma transition

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 8:24pm

Questions and concerns continue to be raised about transitioning Istrouma's students to a charter run out of capitol high school. The 260 students there will be forced to move schools next year and many parents worry that could disrupt their learning.

"This is his first year, he's a freshman. I don't think that he should have different leaderships, under different people, that affects kids mentally," explained Alicia Abdul-Aziz, the mother of an Istrouma Freshman.

Abdul-Aziz has one freshman student at Istrouma, she said he is thriving there, so it worries her to think of him having to change schools and teachers.

"I think that will just throw him and I want my child to succeed. Obviously every mother wants the best for her child and I think the best for my child is not shutting down Istrouma," explained Abdul-Aziz.

Recovery School District superintendent Patrick Dobard said his team has already discussed that and feels it won't be a problem.

"It's going to be a seamless transition as far as, the way we deliver the curriculum and what the expectation is from a learning perspective,” explained Dobard.

Under the RSD’s plan Aziz's younger daughters should have the chance to go back to their neighborhood school, but her oldest will have to say good-bye to Istrouma forever.

"The students that leave Istrouma won't go back to Istrouma as we know it. They will just graduate from Friendship at Capitol," said Dobard.

"With my son being the oldest, he's like a role model to them, I just think everything should stay as is, just give us a chance. That’s all I ask for," shared Abdul-Aziz.

The Recovery School District is hosting an informational meeting where parents can voice some of these concerns on November 18 at Istrouma High School at 5:30.


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