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Correcting Misinformation

April 5, 2010

In response to the recent negative and misleading information about DY schools, here are some enlightening and positive facts about educational progress at DY Schools. Also covered in this brief article are facts about the school budget.

This was written by school committee member, Gerry Bastian who is up for re-election on May 11th.

This is a very important article. Please share it with your friends. Here is a quote from the Cape Cod Times:

“Public schools were founded to serve the needs of the public’s children. At Dennis-Yarmouth we do it well.

This response to John C. Henderson’s March 26 guest commentary is written because misinformation becomes fact when it goes unchallenged. Much of Mr. Henderson’s piece seems to be based on a lack of knowledge regarding district expenditures and why they are necessary. He seems to believe the school committee has not implemented education initiatives to improve test scores or to address the outflow of students from the district.

Specific programs have been implemented for lowering the dropout rate. In 2004 when I was first elected to the committee, the dropout rate was 6.3 percent; it is now 3.7 percent. These results have been achieved through such programs as the student mentoring, structured advisory and an outstanding school-to-career program. Through school-to-career business partnerships across the Cape, students are introduced to real-life skills necessary for the world of work in areas of their interest and aptitude.”

Click here to read the entire article.

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