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Letter: Taking exception with Mystic Valley ad

Posted by Marcia Dick  October 20, 2010 10:04 AM

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(Editor's note: Suzanne Tynemouth, librarian at the Salemwood School, challenges information contained in an advertisement run by the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in a Malden newspaper. The following is her letter:)

The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School recently ran an advertisement in local newspapers and distributed a flyer to attract potential students who may be interested in entering their lottery.  In their attempt to attract students, the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School administration publicly demeans the Malden Public Schools.

This type of thinking sets up a dichotomy between the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School and the Malden Public Schools. Both schools are publically funded although the  Malden Public Schools do not have a lottery. They accept all students.  Students from Mystic Valley Regional Charter School come from six sending communities with demographics that are very different from the Malden Public Schools. The Malden Public Schools has a diverse population, a high number of low income students, and a significantly higher number of special needs and new English Language Learner (ELL) students.

Despite those challenges, the Malden Public Schools sends its graduates to Ivy league schools every year; students are recognized by the National Merit program and the Harvard Book Club.  Malden High School has a first place competitive marching band, and the list goes on.

Despite the challenges, and we recognize there are many, a group of dedicated teachers educate the students of Malden each day and challenge them to overcome adversity and to reach for the top. 

“Got Grit” is our theme this year in the Malden Public Schools.  Grit is defined as

1. The pursuit of a goal through unrelenting energy, perspective, courage, focus, poise, determination, and resilience.
2. Firmness of mind or spirit: unyielding courage in the face of hardship. 

Grit is the description given to the students of the Malden Public Schools and the staff who teaches, encourages, and challenges these students of Malden on a daily basis.  They are making progress and finding successes.

Here are the facts to compare the two schools; All information is taken directly from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education/School Profiles collected data.

# of teachers qualified in their subject area:

Malden Public Schools

Mystic Valley

100%

54.7%

 

# of highly qualified teachers

Malden Public Schools

Mystic Valley

99.1%

71.3%

 

Diversity

Malden Publics Schools

Mystic Valley

African American

19.7%

African American                                

 15.4%

Asian

21.3%

Asian

12.2%

Hispanic

19.1%

Hispanic

4.1%

Native American

.6%

Native American

.4%

 

White

35.6%

White

65.6%

Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander

.1%

Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander

.1%

Multi Race Non-Hispanic

3.6%

Multi Race Non-Hispanic

2.1%

 

Low Income

Malden Publics Schools

Mystic Valley

Low Income students attending

58.8 %  

Low Income students attending         

  19.5%

 

Limited English Proficient

Malden Publics Schools

Mystic Valley

Limited English Proficient (New English Language Learners)                                                                  11.1%                          

Limited English Proficient (New English Language Learners)                                                                       0%

First Language Not English                                     40.6%     

First Language Not English                                     14.5 %

 

Special Education

Malden Publics Schools

Mystic Valley

Special Education students      

14.8%            

Special Education students                  

 7.4%

 

Click on the links to view the data on the Department of Education website:

Malden Public Schools

Teachers
Enrollment
Selected populations

Mystic Valley Regional Charter School

Teachers
Enrollment
Selected populations

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