The Wichita school district is one of the biggest on the plains. This fall’s official enrollment was announced this week at 50,639 students. That’s up 536 students from last year. U-S-D 259 enrollment has grown by nearly 16-hundred students over the last ten school years. It’s at its highest level in 37 years, since 1975.
Public schools take plenty of criticism. But the truth is, the challenges for public education today are different from those when I graduated from Wichita schools, or even from when my two children graduated from North High.
Today’s teachers face a diverse student population that is not seen in the smaller districts or the parochial schools. And today’s Wichita students don’t go home to Ozzie and Harriet, or June and ward Cleaver.
Yet excuses won’t get the job done. We want young people in U-S-D 259 to achieve the best education possible.
Those of us who’ve gone before are watching … with concern … and pride.
Our thought for today is from Will Rogers:
“The schools ain’t what they used to be and never was.”