Thank you for your “Our Opinion” May 2, “Grades show effect of income, not school quality” that clearly outlined how closely a community’s school grade is linked to its level of poverty.

Too bad more people will read the unfair results on page one and take them at face value.

The MEA noted that high schools that received an A had an average of just 9 percent of their students on free and reduced-price lunches, while schools who earned Fs had 61 percent of their students on free and reduced-price lunch.

If the MPA divides high school sports into classes based on school population and has developed an elaborate system (Heal Points) to level the playing field when teams from different sized schools play each other, then why can’t the state develop a similar plan to group schools according to their socio-economic levels? Wouldn’t that be just a tad fairer?

Michael Smith


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