Letters to the Editor: After consolidation, IB, put 6th-grade change on hold

Let’s give International Baccalaureate (IB) a chance to provide equity across our district for grades K-6; let’s give ourselves the space to integrate IB without the distraction of changing our school configuration at the same time; let’s build trust with our newly merged school district, minimizing changes that disproportionately affect our smaller schools and communities. 
Moving the 6th grade does nothing about the equity of grades K-5. It is not instrumental to the implementation of IB. It threatens our smaller schools with closure in the future by depopulating them. It is not clear from the research or from anything I’ve heard in the listening tour or in the community forums that our children will be any better off if we do it. 
It adds unnecessary complication to the already complex processes we’re committed to: unifying our district and implementing IB. I urge the superintendent to recommend against this change, and I urge school board members to vote no on moving 6th grade to the middle school.
John-Eric Colley Robinson
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