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January 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Seattle school closures

Dense population demands more schools, not fewer

It was recently discovered President-elect Obama, as an infant, lived on Capitol Hill. His mother took up an apartment on Mercer Street and 13th Avenue and lived there for close to a year while she attended the University of Washington.

It is likely if Obama had stayed, he would have attended Meany Junior High School just a few blocks away.

It’s ironic and tragic given the upcoming administration’s emphasis on education that Capitol Hill’s only junior high is now slated to close. It believe it would be a disgrace and a national embarrassment if we cannot offer one of Seattle’s most densely populated communities a middle school, and students are forced to travel outside their neighborhood for schooling.

This places a severe hardship not only on the students, but the parents and families. It rips up the community.

There is no doubt Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Soetoro, chose Capitol Hill and this community as a place to start her family. This school speaks to the diversity of the neighborhood.

This finding perhaps gives some weight to recognizing the importance of schools in diverse communities with single parents and struggling families.

I believe every effort should be made to support what is in the best interest of student education. Closing Meany with its specialized education and art programs will not do that.

Please keep Meany Junior High open and Seattle schools open.

— Charlette LeFevre, Seattle

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