Your Views: New hope for public schools

Your Views: New hope for public schools
ACPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Hutchings Ed.D.(Photo Credit: Missy Schrott)

To the editor:

The office of the Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent appears to be preparing for a track meet as his expressed interest seems to be race, race and race.

In the recent presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, who is of Asian and Jamaican descent, were heavily favored and the clear winners. This duo supposedly offers “new hope for public schools.”

The election of Biden with Harris as vice president is espoused as overcoming racism and benefitting the future of public education, yet Alexandria public schools failed to achieve full accreditation during the eight years Biden was vice president in the Barack Obama administration.

In fact, ACPS did not achieve 100% accreditation until the administration of President Donald Trump, under the leadership of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Frankly, the office of the superintendent seems to naively place more faith in political promises than demonstrated past results. As an advocate of public education, I hope they are correct.

-Gerald B. File, ACPS graduate