As a former principal for 27 years of the RUSD and 17 years as a substitute principal, I would like to congratulate and commend all stake holders for your hard work improving test scores.

I know that this requires a collaborative effort on the part of all. I am pleased with the results of the report card from the Department of Public Instruction. This confirms that the district is headed in the right direction and doing the correct things. This is a positive sign for the children and district and shows that you have had some success.

However, more improvement is needed and more work. This is no time to relax. The district must keep moving forward until all schools are meeting expectations. The passing score of 59.3 stopped a potential state takeover of some schools through the Opportunity School Partnership Program with the passing grade for 2016 for at least the next two years. I am confident that with the reforms and initiatives that are in place, all schools and students will achieve up to expectations and beyond.

Let us continue to give our children a quality education, one of diversity and not exclusion. Your hard work, commitment and advocacy for public education is appreciated. Public education is the only entity designed to educate all children regardless of their abilities.

Lawrence Terry

Racine

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