David McGrath and Michael DiPasquale: Chinese charter school story disappoints

Published: 5/29/2017 9:16:54 PM
Chinese charter school story disappoints

We were very disappointed in the Gazette’s front-page story disparaging the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (“Critics rap local charter on special ed,” May 27-28).

As the parents of a student who has attended the school for the last seven years, we found the article puzzling, and parts of it unbelievable. Our interactions with the school, its teachers and administrators have been nothing but positive. The school has always welcomed our input, meeting us at a moment’s notice to accommodate our child’s needs.

We understand that individual families may have different experiences than we have had at the school. But we feel the negative comments, based mainly on anecdotes from the parents of six former students and answers from a 13-person survey, misrepresent the school and the many positive relationships it has with families, including those with special needs.

The article could have been more balanced, perhaps getting additional positive perspectives from parents of current students and feedback from parents who left traditional public schools because they couldn’t get the services they felt their children needed.

Our son is in this year’s first class to graduate from the Chinese immersion high school. We are grateful to the talented teachers, staff and other parents for making this momentous commencement possible.

David McGrath and
Michael DiPasquale

Northampton




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