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Letter: Franklin teachers, students deserve better

Over the past two years we have been fortunate to be a part of the grant-funded programming in the Franklin schools which was designed to improve student learning and outcomes.

We worked closely with a group of teachers at Franklin Middle School as they opened themselves to new ways of teaching as well as the use of complex methods of evaluating student data to improve individual student performance. These teachers scrutinized their own methodologies and replaced familiar processes with new ways to reach all students. They have been supported by educational coaches and consultants. But at the very deepest level of their professional being, all teachers have had to change long-established beliefs and practices in order to reinvent themselves and their school as a place where students can thrive as members of a community which values learning and academic achievement.

Positive momentum has been established, teachers are making a difference in the academic lives of their students. Teachers are proud of the work they are doing, but these changes need nurturing by leadership that can focus all of its energy on education. We know nothing about the current distractions in Franklin except for what we read in the papers. What we are certain of is that the teachers and their students deserve better.

JEAN HALEY and ANNE RILEY

Belmont and Bow

I am glad to see that someone is finally speaking positively of Franklin. It is sad that the only items in the news or on social media about Franklin these days are negative. There are always two sides to every story and it is a shame that more has not been said in defense of the school system and city. By no means do I believe that the school system is perfect but the issues going on have been around much longer than the current administration and school board have been in place. For people to put blame squarely on their shoulders is not only unfair but inaccurate.

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