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Diana Wilcox Layman / Guy Tubbs/The News-Press
Elizabeth Healy / Guy Tubbs/The News-Press
Jim Pastore / Guy Tubbs/The News-Press
Jordan Joseph / Guy Tubbs/The News-Press
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Jordan Joseph of Estero

“Parents play a very important part in a child’s education and I think it all starts at home. It’s important for parents to play an active part in their child’s education, as far as helping out with homework, staying in communication with their teacher, knowing what’s going on in and out of the classroom.”

Cara Chazin - Bonita Springs Middle School PTO President

“Everything is about college and racing. Kids today are doing in third grade what I was doing in high school, so I think they have the right idea — I just don’t know if they’re going about it in the right way. I think they need to stop and let the kids be kids and then move them along.”

Elizabeth Healy - Edison Park Elementary School PTA President

“I feel like we miss the broad scope of so many other things that we could be teaching and talking about in the classrooms, because we’re so focused on that one test. I would like to see that change. Instead of just teaching to the test, there should be core competencies that spread a breadth of knowledge instead of the subjects on the tests. We don’t deal at all with anything beyond that test. If you have a child who is gifted or passed everything on the test, they’re not getting what they need, they’re getting exactly what everyone else is getting from that test. We’re producing an entire generation of kids who are only as good as that test and that’s a crime.”

Kerry Constantine of Fort Myers

“Funding has been cut across the board within the state. Our funding is extremely low, we’re 47th in the nation per spending per child in the classroom and they need more resources. The schools are asked to do more and more with less and less.”

Jim Pastore - Pinewoods Elementary parent

“The biggest thing missing in education from when I was a kid is parent involvement. If parents would be more willing to step up and help and come to school and help kids in the classroom, it would help. The community could support the schools by coming in and volunteering. I’m big pro for helping the kids and the teachers, they can use as much help as they can get.”

Diana Wilcox Layman - Fort Myers High School parent

“Parents are increasingly being asked to fundraise in order to provide supplemental materials for their children in the classrooms. This position brings them into contact with the school even more, but it places a burden on the parent for something that should be done by the school district.”

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