(Atlantic) Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein laid out the frame work for the 2012-2013 School Board goals during Wednesday night’s work session. Two of the five goals are to raise the achievement levels in reading and math, and adopt a more cohesive disciplinary policy.
Dr. Amstein says certainly he would never want to always make decisions about removing a student from an educational environment.
“But there have been several instances where I think we’ve tried to keep kids in school despite the education of the other students,” said Amstein.
Amstein says a person’s rights end at the end of their nose.
“As a principal I always said that you have the right to choose whether or not to get an education, and that’s the greatest thing about America is that you have the freedom to make those choices even if sometimes they are bad choices,” said Amstien. “But you do not have the right to make that decision about not getting an education for other individuals.”
That is where Dr. Amstein thinks the school system needs to take a tougher line.
“If you choose not to get an education, that is certainly well within your rights, but we’re not going to allow you to take that opportunity away from other students because they have the right to the education that you’re choosing not to take,” said Amstein.
As far as raising achievement levels, Dr. Amstein said if at least 85-percent of Atlantic students become proficient in reading and math this upcoming year, as a district administrator he would be very happy.
The other goals discussed briefly by the board Wednesday night involved capital projects and the Iowa core.
June 28, 2012